“We are using Vodafone’s NB-IoT technology to help save native species and support our hard-working volunteers who work towards achieving a predator free Punakaiki.” Grant Parrett, Predator Free Punakaiki.
Using MinkPolice – an innovative IoT pest control system with a proven track record in Europe – Predator Free Punakaiki has dramatically reduced the time volunteers spent searching for activated pest traps. Each trap contains a SIM that connects to the MinkPolice smart phone application via Vodafone’s NB-IoT network.
The MinkPolice smartphone app alerts volunteers when a trap is activated and guides them directly to the trap saving up to four weeks checking every trap in a given area.
An unexpected benefit of the system has been the increased engagement and satisfaction for volunteers. Using the technology is actually fun and helps attract younger people to the cause.
More volunteer time on other projects
Now that less time is spent checking traps, volunteers are free to focus on other beneficial activities like education programmes.
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