Vodafone announces IoT for African wildlife

Vodafone, a major telecommunications provider in Europe and Africa, plans to leverage the Internet of Things and AI to develop new wildlife conservation technologies in Africa, aimed at ensuring community safety, supporting livelihoods, and reducing conflicts between humans and wildlife.

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Vodafone, a major telecommunications provider, has announced its plans to utilise the internet of things (IoT) an AI to develop innovative technologies for wildlife conservation in Africa. The company aims to ensure community safety, support livelihoods, and reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife.

According to a public statement on Vodafone’s website, the company is in the early stages of developing new technology to promote peaceful coexistence between humans and wildlife. The solution, which is being developed in collaboration with WWF (World Wildlife Fund), will operate continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will rely on a combination of solar power and rechargeable batteries, facilitated by the Internet of Things.

To detect approaching animals, the system will employ three to four cameras strategically positioned along the perimeter of a designated area. These cameras will be equipped with infrared lights to provide illumination. By utilising deep learning, AI, and other computer vision algorithms, the system will be able to recognise and identify different animal species.