Rhino conservation efforts in South Africa are receiving a big boost thanks to technology being contributed by Intel. Intel's credit card-sized Galileo open-source computing board -- a device complete with 3G communication capability and a variety of onboard storage -- can be attached to rhinos in the form of an ankle collar to provide data useful to conservation authorities.
The low-power Intel Galileo board is embedded into a Kevlar ankle collar capable of holding up to the most aggressive rhino. It is equipped with a durable solar panel that harnesses solar energy to recharge the battery. The board's wireless connectivity is being contributed by Vodafone, with rhino geo-location and movement data encrypted (to keep it away from poachers) before being sent to a cloud.
With the global rhino population dwindling fast, these high-tech rhino conservation efforts may prove to be crucial.