Saving Private Rhino using SMS and MMS in the fight to protect the RHINO One year ago Aquila Private Game Reserve, located just under two hours from Cape Town, fell prey to evils of rhino poachers. Three rhino were brutally attacked, one was saved, one died on the day and a third fought for his life but surrendered to his injuries on the 25 August 2011.
This incident marked the birth of the Saving Private Rhino Initiative which is dedicated to the preservation and protection of Africa’s rhino. In the last year, this registered NGO has been proud to offer free anti-poaching training courses for rangers and security employed at any private game reserve in South Africa. Saving Private Rhino as also been relentlessly raising the awareness for rhino anti-poaching worldwide through various drives and platforms. Saving Private Rhino is now working along-side RIKRHINO SURVEILLANCE on one of the latest most affordable tools in the fight against poachers.
The Rhinocam, combines the technology of motion detection cameras and CCTV and operates on the principle that it takes a picture of any movement within the monitored area by means of the built in PIR (Passive Infrared Motion Sensor). Rhinocam is equipped with built in GPRS functionality, it is able to send the picture that was taken as a MMS (Multimedia Message) to up to four cell phone recipients or four e-mail recipients.
Thus enabling the end-user to see what is going on, while it happens. The camera supports all the major cell phone companies in South Africa as well as a whole host of international ones. At this stage you can also choose to record video clips, with sound, of up to 60 seconds when the device is activated.
The Rhinocam will send a confirmation SMS once it has taken a video recording. It is now evident that the application of the Rhinocam is not only limited to the monitoring of game at waterholes as former versions of the device used to, if placed correctly this camera can alert you of any unwanted activity. Since it operates with 8 AA batteries you are no longer limited to areas where there is electricity supply. The batteries can last up to six months or 800 photos. You can therefore use it to look after any area, as long as there is cell-phone reception.
The Rhinocam is imported by RIKRHINO SURVEILLANCE (PTY) LTD (www.rikrhino.co.za) as a security device, which acts as a supplement to existing security systems. Since it sends you a MMS once motion is detected, it is one of the only pro-active systems available in the marketplace.