IoT benefits museums and zoos beyond conservation by helping control their expenses, generating revenue, improving efficiency, and increasing safety.
FREMONT, CA: Internet of Things (IoT) has touched almost all fields in day-to-day lives and preservation of museums and artifacts is not left much far behind. From art to animals, IoT is helping museums and other institutions guard their resources.
Institutions are harnessing the strength of IoT for their growth and operations the following way:
By Keeping Zoo Animals Healthy and Reducing Waste
Some zoos use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IoT sensors to keep animals warm without wasting energy. The sensors send data to the system’s bridge once every second where the information is analyzed to decide when the heaters should be turned on. The sensors are also capable of detecting animals close to the heater area even if the animal is slumbering and not moving around.
Wireless technology and environmental sensors have come handy to protect the walkway enveloping the collection of Byzantine and medieval art. The sensors help museums to collect real-time data to run the systems more efficiently, which further enables the gallery to control cost and reduce environmental impact. Another benefit of the monitoring system is that its real-time alerts inform the staff when there is a sudden change in the temperature or humidity. Additionally, the network also relieves the workforce of a manual environmental data record.
Reduces Protection Costs and Poaching Losses
The deployment of long-range sensor networks by national parks and zoos in Africa protects the animals from the poachers. One South African park’s latest anti-poaching program connects the IoT sensor with a rapid response team of park rangers. The network identifies the location of people getting into the park carrying a metallic object such as guns and machetes. The information lets the rangers’ helicopter to arrest the poachers as an alternative to tracking them on the ground.