18:30 - 21:30, Kontich

Connected Conservation: Saving the rhino!

The incredible story of how the Internet of Things is saving an endangered species!

Ruth Rowan ( Global CMO & Group Executive - Marketing at Dimension Data) joined us at Afspanning De Jachthoorn to share the incredible story of how Dimension Data is helping to save the rhino from extinction with their Connected Conservation project!

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For years, the rhinoceros has been hunted down by poachers for their horns (The horn can fetch up to US$80,000 per kilogram on the international black market - eight times the price of a kilogram of ivory).

In the past several years steps were taken in order to protect the endangered rhinoceros, often very intrusive and dangerous (e.g. implanting chips in the animals, cutting off their horns etc.)

Now Dimension Data has stepped up to do their part in protecting the rhino! During her presentation, Ruth Rowan (Global CMO & Group Executive - Marketing at Dimension Data) explained that in late 2015 they launched the "Connected Conservation" project in a private game reserve in South Africa. Connected Conservation’s aim is to halt the regression of the rhino population through technology. Using the Internet of Things, intrusion detection data from movement sensors around the perimeter of the reserve, as well as surveillance imaging from thermal cameras, is relayed via Wi-Fi towers to a central control-and-dispatch room. From there, information is transmitted to mobile devices carried by rangers throughout the park. This drastically reduces response times: the goal is to apprehend poachers before they reach the animals. The entering and exiting of people at the reserve’s gates are also monitored through identity and vehicle license plate scanning, which connects the park to national crime prevention databases.

In short; Dimension Data is tackling the issue at the root: Monitor humans, not the rhino's!

Want to learn more about Connected Conservation and see the impressive results of this project? Head over to the Related tab and download the presentation that was given by Ruth Rowan.

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Relive the session!

Be sure to head over to the Pictures tab and have a look at the pictures that were taken during the event.

Head over to the Related tab & download the full presentation that was given by Ruth Rowan! At the end of the presentation there are also some interesting links to videos so you can discover even more on this project!


Welcome & registration


Introduction by ADM


"Can technology change the way we think about conservation?" by Ruth Rowan (Group Marketing Executive, Dimension Data)


Networking drink



Afspanning De Jachthoorn

Doornstraat 11
2550 Kontich

Parking is available at Afspanning De Jachthoorn. Please do not leave any valuables in your car!

Detailed information on how to travel to "De Jachthoorn" can be found on their website.

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