Press release: Smart Parks in the fight against poachers

ROTTERDAM, May 22 2018 | With high-tech sensor networks, the start-up organization Smart Parks offers conservationists a new weapon for the protection of endangered species.

Smart Parks are the result of years of collaboration between the ShadowView Foundation and the Internet of Life. With the same objective to protect game reserves, both organisations will continue together under the name Smart Parks.

The new sensor technology used by Smart Parks is currently being used in wildlife areas to collect data for the improvement of nature conservation and park management. This includes monitoring patterns of tourists, rangers and animals, as well as information about environmental factors such as water quality, rainfall and temperature.

Co-founder Tim van Dam said: "In order to be effective against poachers, it is necessary for a park to have everything that is happening within a game reserve visible and measurable at a single glance. With that information they can instantly deliver instructions to the rangers to protect park tourists and animals."

Smart Parks technology solution based on LoRa® is now being used in several African reserves, and where deployed has been live with no operational down time since inception. The system has helped to reduce the number of incidents considerably.

Laurens de Groot, a Smart Parks co-founder, adds: "Where we are active, we have evidence to show that poaching is declining. The poaching problem is complex and along with measures such as involving the local community and economic development, this all contributes to an improvement to the very distressing situation."

Smart Parks was founded as a social enterprise and its main goal is to contribute to the protection of endangered species. It works together with African Parks, the World Wildlife Fund and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. One of the many examples of this ground breaking technology in use are rhinoceros in the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most well-known game reserves. The rhinoceros can now be followed day and night thanks to the Smart Parks 'rhinotrackers' placed in the horn and with no harm to the animal. The first sensor networks were installed in Rwanda and Tanzania, and this year more will follow including Malawi and India.

About Smart Parks:

Smart Parks was founded by Steve Roest, Jeroen de Looze, Tim van Dam and Laurens de Groot. Smart Parks is using innovative techniques for the protection of endangered species, humans, and the environment. Through the use of sensor technology and other cutting-edge technology Smart Parks continues to enhance its methods to help people, animals, and the environment. In 2017 these efforts were recognized by WWF through winning its Human Wildlife Conflict Tech Challenge.

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About the LoRa® technology

Sending data collected with sensors is done via a LoRa®-based private network. LoRa® stands for 'Long Range Low Power'. This technology can exchange small amounts of information between objects and systems with ultra-low power consumption. Due to the low energy consumption of this network, small sensors can be developed with a long battery life. This makes the use very suitable for monitoring animals and people in vast nature reserves. Moreover, the application is also particularly cost-effective.

For more information, please contact:

Laurens de Groot or +31 642299727

Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Smart Parks, on Wednesday 23 May, 2018. For more information subscribe and follow

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