Phase 1 (2010-2013)
The Stimson Center, in partnership with local nongovernmental organizations, conducts a comprehensive policy analysis of the current security and development environment in East Africa, particularly focusing on Kenya. One of the outcomes is an invitation by the Kenya Wildlife Service to conduct a pilot project focused on technology and innovation in Tsavo West National Park aiming to safeguarding the remaining rhinoceros population there.
Phase 2 (2014)
The year kicked off with a robust technical feasibility study at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park conducted in partnership by the Kenya Wildlife Service, Linköping University and Stimson. This exercise results in a technology and training plan. Partner organizations also negotiate and sign a Memorandum of Understanding and begin preparations to fully execute the plan in 2015.
Phase 3 (2015)
Together with iHub, one of Africa’s largest ICT organizations, Linköping University designs and deploys a software for a smartphone-based command, control and communications (C3) system. The vision for this first version is based on a modified version of Linköping's sensor fusion app, which was designed and developed with a grant that precedes project Ngulia and awarded in the name of Åke Svensson, previously CEO for SAAB and Teknikföretagen. See Wildlife Security for more information.
Phase 4 (2016-2017)
Following the C3 system, planning for sensor systems and radar for border and intruder detection, have begun. One or two radars will cover large objects moving inside and around the Ngulia border. Smart algorithms will be developed to distinguish humans from animals, and to monitor the rhino movements. The radar systems will have coverage of 5 and 10 km radius, respectively. Pending further investigation, aerial surveillance could become relevant.
Phase 5 (2018)
At this point, the park rangers, commanders and research team is taking full advantage of the technological platform that make their jobs easier, advances their mission and cuts cost for the broader organization. Following the successful deployment other parks and organizations can scale and replicate the platform. This new gold standard for how technical systems can be used to tackle natural resource protection will assist governments, foundations and the commercial sector worldwide.