Use of Drones

South African National Parks (SANParks) has once again displayed its use of drones

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has once again displayed its use of drones in a night vision aerial support programme to fight wildlife crime, including rhino poaching.

On Sunday night the R16 million pilot projects have been shown off to the media in the Kruger National Park.
Drones, or small remote controlled aircraft, take visuals of suspected poachers and send them to a control centre.

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The CEO of UAV Drone Solutions, which controls the aircraft, Otto Werdmuller von Eigg, says the system sends GPS signals to rangers.

“We are enabling the rangers to have an ability airtime which they have never had before, we are giving them an aerial support at night. We are able to allow the rangers to walk safely at night and to we keep them away from dangerous animals,” says von Eigg.

He says they can guide rangers in onto the poachers if we identify the GPS coordinates is remote controlled.
“So we can fly, we set the drone on the cruise and we then have a look. We can pan the camera up and down and if we found something interesting we can put the aircraft into the loiter,” he adds.

News supplied by SABC news.

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