Where

Where do we develop our research into products, and where do we deploy them? Read more about Kolmården Wildlife Park and Ngulia.

Ngulia

Ngulia is our deployment site.

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Ngulia is a rhino sanctuary situated in the south-eastern part of Kenya. It is a rather flat area on 800m altitude, surrounded by mountains. On a bright day, the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen in the west. The ground is on most places covered with bushes, including the ones the black rhinos prefer to browse. There are many natural waterholes, but during the dry season, the rhinos get fresh water at one of four artificial waterholes, where fresh water is pumped and distributed in pipelines.

The borderline of the sanctuary consists of a fence with five wires, of which three are electrified. The purpose is not only to keep the rhinos inside, but also to keep elephants and buffaloes, competitors of the same food, outside the sanctuary. Other animals can easily pass. On each side of the fence, there is a road, both for patrolling by car, but also to provide a firebreak.

There are a number of stations inside the sanctuary where the rangers on duty are staying. The Ngulia headquarter is located outside the sanctuary, close to the main gate.

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Kolmården Wildlife Park

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Kolmården is our test site and research lab. It is here we evaluate new technology and implement our research in a realistic environment. The wildlife park features the same four out of the big five as Ngulia (rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo but not the hippo). The rhino density is much higher on the Kolmården savannah, which is of course an advantage for test purposes. Kolmården has many unique features as an outdoor research lab, with its large fenced enclosure, ICT infrastructure (Internet via cable and Wifi, 4G network), hotel with meeting facilities, etc. It is closed to visitors a larger part of the year, and when there are no visitors, we have permission for drone tests and camera surveillance.

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