South Africa - SANParks launched state-of-the-art aerial surveillance

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    South Africa - SANParks launched state-of-the-art aerial surveillance

    The Ichikowitz Family Foundation and South African National Parks (SANParks) launched a new, state-of-the-art aerial surveillance solution to save South Africa's rhinos. Ivor Ichikowitz, who is also executive chairman of Africa's largest privately held defense and aerospace company, Paramount Group, handed the Seeker Seabird a unique specialist reconnaissance aircraft to David Mabunda, CEO of SANParks. The aircraft incorporates highly sophisticated surveillance technology such as thermal imaging that will deliver more enhanced and powerful observation capability. The plane shows high degree of flexibility in terms of utilization, use of operation and reliability. It is capable of flying at high altitude and at slow speeds with 270 degrees visibility. It can be forward positioned on short dirt strips and requires very limited logistical support.

    Such sophisticated technology is welcome in the fight against rhino poaching, however its effectiveness is yet to be put to the test. Identifying potential poachers is one thing, deploying staff to intercept them, especially at night, is another matter.
     
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    A step in the right direction !
     
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    I agree a step forward is always better then no steps at all.
     
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    Systems like these have been employed in the private sector for a couple of years now uav's are very effective in combatting poachers, they are expensive to maintain and need a central control unit/room from here all are deployed...

    We pitched to SANPARKS a year ago but the system was to rich for their blood, hope that the new one will be on par and help them in their struggle..

    My best always
     
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    hi jaco where you been hiding? with the value of rhino horn i can see the poachers armed with anti aircraft missiles next to combat these drones.......
     
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    Probably.... Have been hunting finished on Saturday, went well just tough on clients this early in the season....

    My best always.
     
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    wet or just nice and thick?
     
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    Hot!! Thick!!!! = tough!!!! Ticks!!!! :)
     
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    nice......hope you remembered the deodorant?:sweat: :heh:
     
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    Those ticks sure like you my friend...too much brandy in your blood.... or not enough maybe!
     
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    Not at all... maybe a shortage....

    The one tried to feed me straight vodka shots, I refused multiple times and eventually he decided to call me a......wait for it.........wait for it..........

    P---Y, I simply looked him in tthe eye and commented that while he might not know anything about the subject I have it on good authority that you ARE WHAT YOU EAT....!!!!!!! :)

    HE REALISED THAT HE HAD HAD TOO MUCH AND WENT TO BED.... :)

    As always only my very best!!!! :)
     
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    now that i wish i was there for , oh to have been in the bar...:uptosome::heh::beer:
     

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