In a bid to deter poachers and protect animals from being slaughtered, a British NGO Protect has built a clever anti-poaching device that helps authorities find and protect animals when they are being attacked. This new Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID) is currently being tested on rhinos in South Africa. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Asus VivoBook 14, and more
The device in question uses embedded cameras, heart rate monitors and GPS tags to protect rhinos from poachers seeking their valuable horns. RAPID was conceptualized by biologist Paul O’Donoghue, and it relies on the animal’s heart rate. If it detects any abnormal plummeting of the animal’s heart beat, the control center will be alerted, and also be given the animals location via the GPS tag tied on the rhino’s neck. There is also a remote camera deployed painlessly inside the rhino’s horn which can be activated to see what is happening on the ground. Also Read - Spotify's What's New Feed will now notify users about new releases in real-time
“It acts as a deterrent so that poachers realize that any animal that’s got one of these collars or units attached to it is basically off the list,” Steve Piper, a director at Protect told The Verge. “There’s no point in attacking it, there’s no point in killing it, because you’re never going to get away with the valuable parts of the animal.” Also Read - Nothing Ear 1, the company's first product officially launched in India
Citing a government report, the publication states that more than 1,200 were killed in South Africa last year, equating to one rhino in every eight hours. The NGO is currently deploying the RAPID device system in rhinos, and is also making systems for tigers, elephants, lions and whales.