Where do we start?
Smart Parks has kickstarted and funded the design and development of the first OpenCollar Elephant tracker that consist of different modules that can be combined into several different configurations, depending on the use case. We’ll publish our development and lessons learned on opencollar.io, GitHub and a forum on Wildlabs. And that’s where you come in. Jointly we’ll adjust and improve OpenCollar and make the hardware and software accessible for everyone.
What is the current status?
In 2019 we have started this initiative with the development of the OpenCollar Elephant tracker. Since then, much has happened and we are happy to show you some great results. The OpenCollar initiative now has a wide range of field-tested and proven animal protection collars, that can be applied to protect not only elephants, but also rhino, lion, cheetah, wisent, wild dog, feral cat, raccoon and more.
What’s happening right now?
In 2023 we are continuing the development of new and existing collars and we are also extending the range of collars to protect even more different animals like the endangered Pangolin.
One of je most interesting advancements we are aiming for is to make Machine Learning on the Edge user friendly for these type of conservation devices. We have already showed the vision and potential power of this in the Hackster.oi ElephantEdge campaign in 2020. To make this feature available for the OpenCollar Edge devices, we need to integrate this nicely into all OpenCollar development and user elements including hardware, firmware, app, toolchain etc. We have started this work since 2020 and we are committed to get this feature available on all Edge devices with the help of the OpenCollar community.
How to get them?
To use OpenCollar products in the field, there are two main routes to follow. First, you can go to our Open-Source repositories on Github and find your way to producing them to your needs. The other option is to find an organisation that can do this for you. Smart Parks is not only the initiator of the OpenCollar initiative, it is also the organisation that is currently offering these collars to protected areas. Please find their catalog here.