Botswana, October 2023Limpopo-Lipadi, a shareholder-owned wildlife and wilderness Reserve located on the banks of the Limpopo River in the Tuli Block, Botswana, has invited the Smart Parks team to help with the enhancement of security on the wildlife roaming the area. The resent arrival of translocated southern white rhinoceros has been a key motivator for this project.

The Reserve consists of 20,500 hectares of biodiverse landscape, with abundant natural flora and fauna, and includes 14 kilometres of river frontage. Over 300 species of birds and most of the iconic species of Southern African wildlife can be found here, including several endangered and threatened species such as elephant, leopard, southern white rhinoceros, African wild dog and brown hyena.

The Smart Parks deployment consist of a LoRaWAN® network covering the whole area, feeding data into a fresh EarthRanger application. Initially the solution will be used to actively monitor the rhinoceros using the advanced RhinoEdge Puck 50 devices, vehicle and ranger tracking using the RangerEdge devices, electric fence monitoring using the FenceEdge devices and enhancing security on traffic on the main road crossing the reserve.

Tim van Dam, director of Smart Parks, says: “This deployment is exactly at the core of our mission. Using our latest RhinoEdge devices to help protect de-horned rhino in a protected area. With this, we hope that these rhinoceros can live their lives in freedom and that we people can enjoy their company in harmony”.

Kebaabetswe S. Bogatsu, General Manager of Limpopo-Lipadi says: “The Smart Parks solution is a great initiative that will help to enhance our safety and security in the area. It will also help to increase the efficiency of Park Management operations”.