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Cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology developed by AxxonSoft

February 8, 2019

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Poaching is a debilitating epidemic that has Southern African reeling from its atrocities. These exquisite African animals and wildlife are the continent’s shining stars, and to watch many of them, particularly rhinos and elephants, decline in numbers at a rapid rate, is a tragedy. AxxonSoft, a leading global security and surveillance company, wanted to help combat and prevent poaching, and have specially designed ground-breaking technology called Deep Learning, which incorporates artificial intelligence to provide proactive surveillance in identifying poaching threats across Southern Africa.

 

Global Marketing Director for AxxonSoft, Colleen Glaeser holds this initiative very close to her heart and has worked closely with the global team to develop state-of-the-art surveillance technology that specifically targets poaching. Glaeser is from South Africa and as poaching over the past decade has become more and more distressing, she knew she had to do something to help prevent the catastrophe from growing. “Coming from South Africa, growing up surrounded by these majestic animals and the exquisite plains of the African continent, seeing the destruction that poaching has imposed on my country and the continent is devastating. The protection of wildlife is very close to my heart. I have been in the security and surveillance industry for the past 25 years, and I knew that I had to use my knowledge and expertise to create proactive technology that can aid and impact the anti-poaching initiative.”

 

Anti-poaching surveillance in the past, has been very reactive, which often means that the anti-poaching unit gets to the scene of the crime too late i.e. when the threat was identified, it was often too late to do anything to save these beautiful animals. “The global team and I have worked tirelessly to create a system that addresses poaching head on. The Deep Learning technology we have pioneered can detect the difference between humans and animals. This is ground-breaking news because in the past, technology could not differentiate between various animals and humans, which often set off false alarms. With this new technology, as soon as there is a breach, the surveillance centre is immediately notified. Cameras are used to identify where the breach has occurred, and they can pick up exactly where the threat has taken place and the guard centre is immediately notified and the anti-poaching unit is dispatched. This has proved very successful in preventing killings as the team is able to get to the scene of the crime quickly.”

 

Colleen is also working with British actor and author, Peter Meyer on his various anti-poaching initiatives to raise awareness across the UK and Europe. Peter grew up in the South African bush and is heartbroken by the poaching crisis in his beloved country. AxxonSoft is also working with various game reserves and parks across the region to combat poaching in high risk areas.  Glaeser, Meyer and AxxonSoft make a powerful team, and hope to change the anti-poaching landscape dramatically in the next few years.

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