NU Borders’ BITE platform uses advanced analytics to support the fight against poaching in southern Africa


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UN borders associated with the Conservation of painted dogs (PDC), a non-profit organization located in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, to provide PDC with access to Business Intelligence for Commercial Law Enforcement (BITE) platform – a suite of analytical tools to help analyze and track wildlife, examine animal movement patterns and trends, and better understand how PDC resources can be leveraged to support anti-poaching efforts.

NU Borders is a data science and data analytics company aimed at helping enforcement and compliance operators identify threats and illicit activities in their supply chain in a variety of areas including customs enforcement , intellectual property theft, wildlife trafficking, human trafficking and money laundering. In 2018, NU Borders created the Business Intelligence for Trade Enforcement (BITE) platform, a software as a service (SaaS) technology, to help our clients with big data ingestion, data analysis at using state-of-the-art tools and using the results to inform decisions. BITE contains large open source business data sets and picklists, made available to users in all fields. NU Borders’ BITE platform includes state-of-the-art visualization tools, an integrated workflow management system, and access to hands-on training with our data scientists and subject matter experts.

The PDC was founded in 1992 for the protection of African wild dogs and their efforts have increased Zimbabwe’s wild dog population since its inception. Rangers engage and integrate with local communities to provide educational resources and outreach programs with the sole purpose of creating an environment where the wild dog population can thrive. PDC operations include daily patrols of anti-poaching unit members to provide protective cover against illegal poaching, and daily monitoring of study kits provides data on the health status of dogs and dogs. their packs, as well as the rehabilitation center run by PDC where injured or orphaned dogs are treated before releasing them safely into the wild.

Big data analytics and real-time analytics are essential for conservation groups that focus on protecting species and their habitats. With analysis and visualization of large data sets in record time, rangers can quickly see where resources can be best allocated to support their efforts and daily operations for conservation efforts. Advanced analytics help conservationists quickly analyze large and varied datasets, including GPS coordinates of dog collars, and can be further enhanced by overlaying environmental data that provides a holistic view of the habitat.

NU Borders provided hands-on BITE platform training to PDC rangers in July 2021. This session enhanced PDC’s analytical capabilities and focused on data ingestion and traffic data cleansing wild species; how to create a dashboard with visualizations using the BITE suite of tools; and technical support for the BITE platform. NU Borders is proud to continue its partnership with the PDC to enhance its advanced analytical capabilities to protect African wild dogs and their habitats.

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