With the alarming cases of illegal hunting of wild animals in the African Continent, a new high-tech anti-poaching burglar alarm was developed in South Africa to prevent the killing spree done on rhinos because of their very huge market value.

Connected Conversation, a burglar alarm created by the collaboration of the San Francisco-based Cisco and South African based- Dimension Data, has been saving the lives of rhinos for almost two years now.

Important Noise

Noise is normally a destruction to people. It causes stress and irritation to some as it is a primary source of destruction.

But for burglar alarm, the noise coming from its sound, although loud, matters big time.

The burglar alarm system is a type of security device that has been widely used around the world. It is often seen in homes and stores to prevent or disturb the entry and evil plan of invaders or burglars.

Its main purpose is for burglary protection or detection of intrusion. But with the development that the technology incorporated to the security industry, some alarm systems have also fire detection or can be combined with CCTVs.

With the effectiveness of the device in detecting intruders, it is good to know that it is now being utilized in large areas such as in South Africa. It is not just a device that stops burglars and protect properties.

It is now also a weapon used in saving the lives of Rhinos, a specie that has only 30 000 members in the entire world nowadays.

Building a Defense

Rhinos have been the target of illegal hunters in the past decades for its very expensive market value. Imagine their horns are worth an average of $100 000/kilo when sold in Asian countries such as in China and Vietnam.

The Chinese and Vietnamese believed that these horns can cure major diseases such as cancer and erectile dysfunction, which drives the demand for South African rhinos up to 9000% in seven years.

But when Cisco and Dimension Data started to bring in Connection Conversation, the death cases of rhinos due to poaching has dropped dramatically.

When they integrated the system, there were no deaths recorded in two years, from 2015 to 2017. Previously, there was an average of 70 rhinos killed due to wildlife trafficking.

Illegal hunters will pass through the proverbial eye of the needle before they can come near rhinos as they are monitored by thermal cameras and CCTVs while scanners and sensors are deployed to send early warnings.

The burglar alarm system is erected within the Kruger National Park in South Africa and works in all conditions and situation, whether there are storms or heavy rains and even lightning strikes in the area.

According to its developers, Dimension Data and Cisco, they are planning for the further automation of the already $1.5 million worth burglar system and will add drones and seismic sensors to provide heightened security and protection to rhinos and rangers.


New Alarm System May Stop Poachers In Their Tracks (2018, May 1). Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/