Developers Compete to Help Protect Elephants with IoT

By Claire Swedberg

Hackster.io and Smart Parks have launched a competition as the companies build collars that transmit LoRaWAN Internet of Things data about the conditions and locations of wild elephants, to help rangers detect problems and researchers develop long-term solutions.

The elephant species may be on its way to extinction due to the illegal ivory trade and a loss of habitat. More elephants are killed each year than are born, and their numbers have already dwindled from what is believed to have been 26 million before Europeans began colonizing Africa, to about 400,000 now. Hackster.io, a technology developer community company, has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) project in partnership with Smart Parks and is cal...

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