Dell Technologies aids Elephants Alive conservation efforts in South Africa

Mar 19, 2021 | News

By Manda Banda – Intelligent CIO

Dell Technologies has announced a collaboration with South African non-profit Elephants Alive, to deploy Dell Latitude Rugged and Dell Precision mobile workstations which will facilitate field research in the conservation of the declining African elephant.

With a 97% decline in the African elephant over the past 100 years, there is no time to waste and Dell is here to speed up their protection. Elephants Alive conducts research on elephants and their movements in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park in South Africa. The Dell workstations will provide the processing power to obtain data-driven insights and generate detailed maps, which are generated by software that runs on the precision machine.

The maps show elephant movements which help researchers keep track of trailblazing elephants and provide much-needed data to ensure their survival.

Dr Michelle Henley, Co-Founder, CEO and Principal Researcher, Elephants Alive said: “Using innovative technology in conservation research allows us to be more efficient in our data collection and analysis. By evolving from hand drawn images to high-definition photographs, digitising the identification of elephants allows us to scale our efforts in the field to protect more animals.”

To derive value from all this gathered data, Elephants Alive researchers use Dell Precision mobile workstations to provide reliable, high quality mobile compute power and perform heavy-duty data processing. The Dell Precision mobile workstations boast the latest thermal innovations, professional graphics and powerful CPU technologies, in addition to Dell Optimiser for Precision.

Researchers generate detailed maps using data collected in the field to better understand migratory patterns, herd dynamics and general whereabouts of elephants.

“The maps that we generate are an invaluable asset to our researchers, they allow us to predict when elephants will enter high risk areas fraught by illegal killings or human-elephant-conflict in general,” said Dr Henley.

Doug Woolley, Managing Director, Dell Technologies South Africa, said: “Dell Technologies is continually developing innovative technology that delivers a simple, seamless experience to users – no matter where they work, in the field or at the office. Our collaboration with Elephants Alive shows how technology can accelerate conservation initiatives like identifying and tracking African elephants. This is a testament to the versatile range of our PC portfolio – from Latitude Rugged enabling researchers to work comfortably in any environment to Dell Precision mobile workstations offering power and intelligence, through Dell Optimiser software, making data processing easy and efficient.”

Dell Technologies said it is committed to protecting and enriching the planet together with customers, suppliers and communities.

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