Weeks go by very fast while we are approaching the launch of our Kickstarter campaign next month. It might look like that the one thing we need to do is make a Kickstarter-video, but the last couple of months were full of preparation for this big moment for us. One of the coolest things we want to share with you today is about the collaboration we are going to do with the amazing folks @ The Internet Of Life.
TL;DR - We are going to put Light Energy GPS-trackers on rhinos to help preserving them.
Tim van Dam and his team made the Rhino Sanctuary in Mkomazi National Park (Tanzania) LoRa-connected last year. This to help preserve the rhino population, which went from thousands to just 24 in a few years (wow). This complete network works on solar energy and is completely sustainable, except for one part and that is the GPS-tracker that they attach to the rhinoceros which is battery powered. The battery accounts for about 98% of the device that is being drilled in the animals horn. Which is tricky, because you need to paralyze the rhino with heavy anesthesia to be able get near it and perform this procedure.
With Light Energy and some kick-ass engineering in house we are going to make something like a medical sticker which is a fraction of the size of the previous GPS-tracker for the rhinos. In addition to the previous ones is that these ones are meant to be placed on the back of the rhinoceros without having to paralyze them by their caretakers. This because Light Energy always works, there is no on- or off-switch. When there is light, it works. And another problem it fixes is getting them over the border. You might not know this, but transporting lithium-ion batteries overseas is a border-nightmare.
This was just a quick update, because -obviousley- we have a lot of work to do. A Kickstarter campaign and trying to help Tim save the worlds rhinoceros population. Let us get back to work and Tim will come back with a video next month straight out of Rwanda. Where they build yet another LoRa network to protect rhinos with help of Light Energy this time.