Impenetrable no more
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition of WWF and Fauna & Flora International, are trialling a combination of Inmarsat satellite technology and handheld devices to collect data on endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. There are thought to be about 1,000 mountain gorillas living in the wild in protected parks, 400 in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and 600 in the Virunga mountains. With human population growth of almost 3% per annum, these areas are experiencing increased pressure on space that can result in conflict between gorillas and humans, including attacks on crops and people and poaching. Local members of the National Park’s Human Gorilla Conflict Resolution (HuGo) programme are trialling Inmarsat handheld devices that enable them to record incidences of human-wildlife conflict in their local language. It is hoped that this, combined with visual tools and standardised reporting, will enable managers to act on information more quickly. Data collected by HuGo groups is transmitted via satellite to UWA rangers and other HuGo members in near real-time and stored on a central UWA server. As part of the pilot, UWA will also trial the automatic transfer of data to its server via satellite networks.
New from Nimans, Yealink T5 Prime Business Phones remove the need for any telecoms cabling thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addition to flexible connectivity options, the SIP phones feature HD communications and Yealink Acoustic Shield technology, which uses multiple microphones to create a virtual sound-shield between the speaker and their surroundings. This makes the phones ideal for noisy call centres and offices.
Feedback for all
Unipos, a Japanese employee feedback and recognition app, is launching in Europe. Already used by more than 240 companies globally, the platform helps start-ups and growing companies establish and maintain a positive working environment by enabling employees to reward colleagues with virtual bonuses and claps in real-time and submit feedback on a public timeline. Existing user Andries Bellemans, Head of HR at Lisk, said: “We experienced significant growth in employee size and needed new ways to hold our teams together and foster our core values. Unipos has helped us to tackle that and has provided a way to celebrate both the big and the small wins.”
Another set of eyes
Body-worn camera specialist Edesix is introducing a new model for the policing and security sectors. The VideoBadge VB-400 has an IP67 ingress protection rating, full 1080p HD recording capability, Bluetooth sensor monitoring for hands-free incident reporting, and built-in GPS functionality to simplify camera asset management across large estates. Other features include a full-shift battery life, Wi-Fi streaming, 120 degree horizontal field of view and haptic and audio feedback alerts to show when recording has been activated.
Epson has integrated its ink monitoring and cartridge ordering system with Amazon Dash Replenishment, enabling Amazon customers to sign up for the automatic delivery of replacement Epson ink cartridges. Mauro Bartoletti, Head of Retail, Epson Europe, said: “Epson ReadyInk with Dash Replenishment monitors ink levels and Amazon automatically sends out a new cartridge when one’s needed, without the user having to do a thing. It’s the hassle-free, pay-as-you-go solution for consumers wanting to stay topped up with ink.” Customers only pay when new ink is needed and can pause the service at any time.
Turn 5G into WiFi
The Vodafone 5G GigaCube wireless router is a portable, flexible alternative to broadband for customers or businesses without fixed line connectivity that can be used anywhere there is 5G coverage. Offering speeds of up to 1Gbps, the plug and play device connects to Vodafone’s 5G network and provides Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 64 devices within a range of 90 metres. The GigaCube is available on a fixed-term or rolling contract, with the option of unlimited data.