Case study: Peplink Helps Anti-Poaching Units Stay Connected with Mobile Backpack Solution

This case study showcases a mobile backpack solution that provides reliable connectivity in challenging environments. Such solutions are available in different forms and can be customized for mobility purposes. They are particularly useful for those who need internet connectivity in temporary locations or while traveling in vehicles.

In South Africa, anti-poaching units work to protect wildlife in parks and reserves. They use a range of equipment, including aerial drones, and require a continious network to communicate between stations and operate drones while on patrol. However, fixed-line connectivity is not available in such remote areas.

Challenge

Challenge

One of the local anti-poaching units was provided with a trolley-style mobile solution, which had wheels and housed routers and other necessary equipment. However, they found it inefficient to drag the solution around while patrolling on foot, especially on rough terrain. They required a mobile solution that would offer reliable connectivity while in motion, without the need for an extra set of hands.

Solution

LikeAbird, a company specializing in customized solutions, designed a universal backpack solution that provides a mobile, hands-free network. The Backpack Ground Control Station (BP-GCS) houses a selection of equipment, including a Peplink router powered by smart batteries. The BP-GCS has a universal design that can fit most Peplink devices, but in this project, the company used the MAX BR1 Mini for its compact form-factor and cost-effectiveness.

The BR1 Mini in the BP-GCS is connected to a FusionHub hosted by LikeAbird, providing an unthreatened network. The backpack also has a design for antenna pole mounts, which enhances signal reception.

Solution
Result

Result

With the new backpack solution, the anti-poaching unit could maintain a secure connection while patrolling on foot and communicating with different stations. They successfully operated the drones while walking through grassy areas.

Thanks to the BP-GCS's accommodating design, users can switch between different Peplink devices and utilize different input ports on the backpack's side. The universal design of the BP-GCS has been applied in different use cases, such as providing a mobile network for disaster recovery.

Deployments

MAX BR1 Mini:

  • Value-for-money router built into the BP-GCS for cellular connectivity
  • Connected to an established FusionHub to utilize SpeedFusion
  • Designed to be compact in size, taking up minimal space and weight in the backpack