10:15 | 08.11.2017
Eutelsat and Sigfox Foundation Join Forces to Protect Rhinos Through “Now Rhinos Speak” Initiative

Regulatory News:

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) and Sigfox Foundation today
announced a partnership at AfricaCom 2017 on the “Now Rhinos Speak”
project for the protection of the endangered rhinoceros population.

Using Sigfox’s very low-speed network, the Sigfox Foundation has
designed and implemented a remote tracking solution for rhinos that uses
GPS sensors fitted in the horn of each animal to send positioning data
to a secure on-line platform via Eutelsat satellite resources. Three
times a day, wardens, vets and specialists in game parks can access
readouts of the movements of the animals. This precise data allows them
to improve protection against poaching and understanding of an
endangered species. With the help of Eutelsat’s satellite resources the
Sigfox Foundation aims to fit 3,000 rhinos over a three-year period to
track movements.

Prior to officialising the partnership, Eutelsat and Sigfox Foundation
have collaborated since November 2016 on an initial operation in
southern Africa connecting approximately ten animals. Three base
stations of Sigfox’s low-speed IoT network have been connected to the
secure platform using Eutelsat’s smartLNB satellite service that extends
terrestrial IoT networks anywhere. The collaboration improved the
identification of areas of surveillance and refined allocation of
resources for protection on the ground.

Marion Moreau, President of the Sigfox Foundation: “The partnership
agreed between Eutelsat and the Sigfox Foundation for the protection of
rhinos is an invaluable opportunity to gain a better understanding of an
endangered species and be part of the effort to protect them. Thanks
to the support of Eutelsat, we can give rhinos a voice every day,
wherever they are.”

Nicolas Baravalle, Director of the Sub-Saharan Africa region at
Eutelsat: “We are proud to support the Sigfox Foundation in this
critical project for the protection of endangered species in Africa.
Through this partnership the use of satellite capacity really comes into
its own, enabling us to connect remote points in an environment that
will never be served by terrestrial networks.”

This first step will be followed by a monitoring solution for game
parks, using sensors that can give a voice to the territory and detect
unauthorised intrusions. A team of ten developers-engineers are working
closely with a rhinoceros conservation committee in Africa to this end.
About The Sigfox FoundationThe Sigfox Foundation wants to
give a voice to vulnerable populations, using the Sigfox network and
connected low powered sensors. With the conviction that the “Internet of
Things” is detecting weak signals, we deploy in field solutions to
prevent from danger, and involve the global Sigfox Ecosystem to protect
lives. Sigfox Foundation has secured a team of 45 climate researchers in
Antarctica in 2015, and is fully involved since August 2016 to protect
endangered wild rhinos in Africa.More info: www.sigfoxfoundation.orgTwitter:
About Eutelsat Communications
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated
ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data,
Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate
effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over
6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast
by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or
connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices
and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women
from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of
service. Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock
Exchange (ticker: ETL).

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