The W360 is a Wildlife Tracking Collar that NFC Group designed in response to the specific requirements of one of our clients who are dedicated to the conservation of the Black Rhino in Tanzania. We had to take into account the unique challenges of the Rhinos’ environment. No mains power in the areas meant that the device needed to be battery powered. As rhinos are wild and unused to being handled, the battery life needed to last longer than one year to avoid causing distress to the animals by frequent interference in their day to day lives. The Rhinos are valuable on the black market and at constant risk from poachers so the W360 tracking collar needed to report back in real-time as frequently as possible to ensure their total security and safety. An absence of GSM mean that we could not use SIM cards. It was essential that the device was close fitting so it did not catch on anything in the habitat and cause harm to the Rhinos, but sufficiently loose to be comfortable for them to wear. The device also needed to be flexible, scalable, cost-effective.
NFC Group’s designers rose to the challenge and created the W360 Wildlife Tracking Collar, which interacts with the Orion Data Network RFID technology and tags. We modified an Orion RFID GPS Tag, and mounted it to a padded Kevlar collar with specialist security bolts. Due to the lack of GSM in the area and with the problem of huge battery demands from GPS, we created an Orion Data Network hot spot to provide the necessary power.