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GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals


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Fitting a lion with a next-generation low-power LoRaWAN-based GPS collar.

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.

Credit: Smart Parks

Smart Parks, the Netherlands/U.K.-based social enterprise that offers technology solutions for wildlife protection, is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.

The collars, which use LoRaWAN (a Low Power, Wide Area networking protocol) connectivity, allow for high-frequency GPS tracking and a battery life in terms of years.

Liwonde National Park's Craig Reid said the collars offer near-live tracking at a lower cost than traditional satellite GPS collars.

Smart Parks' Laurens de Groot said machine learning could provide "more situational awareness that leads to actionable intelligence," helping determine, for instance, optimal ranger deployment.

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