As we noted this morning with regards to tigers in India, we are seeing drones used to protect rhinos in africa, tracking rhinos and preventing rhino poaching. This post from HuffPost shares some great information.
“Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology designed by Spanish engineers will be used to fight rhino poachers in national parks in Africa. The ranger drone is fitted with thermal vision that can report potential irregularities in real time.
Designed to be an easy tool for use by park rangers, its makers say the ‘Keros 1′ drone is a low cost solution for surveillance and observation.
The lightweight vehicle is made of styrofoam and allows its controller to send instant photographs to park monitors while also collecting relevant data when the drone returns to base.
It can function amid winds of up to 30 knots (55 km/h), its battery will last for one hour, and it enjoys a large communication range.
Four researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona worked with Hemav, a company that promotes UAV and drone solutions, to design the drone. The UAV uses thermography, sound identification and onboard processing data.”