Satellites to be used in fight against poaching

G8Way is one of South Africa’s leading IoT device makers and is an active participant and proponent in the protection of endangered species across the African continent

Satellites to be used in fight against poaching
Satellites to be used in fight against poaching

Satellites to be used in fight against poaching

San Diego, CA. eSAT Global, Inc. (“eSAT”) a developer of low cost, real-time satellite IoT connectivity solutions today announces its partnership with IoT device company G8Way Technologies. G8Way is one of South Africa’s leading IoT device makers and is an active participant and proponent in the protection of endangered species across the African continent.

G8Way is an IoT pioneer in South Africa and has developed a host of sensor solutions that have been implemented in a range of applications from high-value asset tracking, animal traceability, cold chain, and other security-related solutions. One of G8ways proudest achievements has been to play an active role in the counter-poaching movement, helping to protect and preserve endangered wildlife.

G8Way Technologies CEO, Mischa Slabbert, said “We have been in the IOT industry for a long time now and have had the opportunity to look at, and access, many different connectivity solutions at that time. We had never been quite able to effectively crack some of the difficult issues we have had with animal tracking, whether it be livestock or endangered species.“

He went on to say “I came across eSAT doing a web search and after talking to them I realized just how useful they could be as a partner. Not only will they provide low-cost connectivity, but the planned device size is so small it will easily be accommodated into our devices and the battery life will be extended by years. When you are dealing with large animals like Rhino’s that must be anesthetized, even something as simple as changing a battery can be a risk for the animal. We see a myriad of opportunities to work with eSAT right across Africa.

Rick Somerton, eSAT’s Regional Director ANZ remarked “When Mischa reached out to us looking for a solution, we thought it was just a simple commercial inquiry but the opportunity for us is much greater than that. It will be gratifying for our entire team if our technology is able to play a small role in protecting endangered species. We are making our partnership with G8Way a priority because of the obvious benefits which go well beyond the commercial opportunities we have.” The initial phase of the project will result in field trials of eSAT’s direct-to-GEO-satellite communication modules integrated with G8Ways animal trackers. Trials are expected to begin in Q4 of 2020 and global availability expected in 2021.