Real-time data visualization and analysis software for Protected Area Management
What is EarthRanger?
Vulcan EarthRanger is a software platform that collects information on activity in a protected area—the animals and assets being protected, the rangers protecting them, and threats or potential poaching—into a single, integrated, real-time visualized operational platform. With EarthRanger, Protected Area Management can more quickly analyze and proactively interdict poaching activity.

EarthRanger data comes from:
  • Radio systems with data transmission and GPS-tracking capabilities
  • Animal collars
  • Ranger recorded observations directly into DAS or from SMART Connect
  • Informant information
  • Spatial data
  • Sensor data from camera traps
  • Vehicle sensors
  • Drones and remote sensing images from satellites

Features & Benefits

Real time visualization that enables proactive management of potential poaching activity

  • 20+ sensors integrated and growing
  • Cloud hosted software for faster response and support capabilities—no local installations or on-the–ground IT staff required

Analysis tools allow evidence-based decision making to deter illegal activity, including poaching

  • Heat maps to identify and visualize security incident trends
  • Time Slider to playback animal, ranger and asset locations to investigate incidents further

Predictive analytics guide ranger patrols to most efficiently allocate resources and safely protect the Protected Area

  • One month patrol plan customized for each park based on historic snaring data
  • An open API for 3rd party ISVs to deploy analyzers using historic conservation data (conditions apply)

Deployed Locations

Date of deployment: August 6, 2018
Deployment partner: African Parks


Date of deployment: August 12, 2016
Deployment partner: Vulcan

In their own words:
"[Vulcan EarthRanger] coordinate[s] the ranger movements in a simple and visual way.”

Note: In July 2018, assisted with apprehension of armed bandits by coordinating ranger movement, controlling park entrance and exit points, and helping identify terrain features to investigate.

"The whole operation was a great success, thanks to the ability of [Vulcan EarthRanger] to coordinate the ranger movements in a simple and visual way. We couldn't have done it without [Vulcan EarthRanger]".


Date of deployment: June 15, 2017
Deployment partner: Vulcan


Date of deployment: October 31, 2016
Deployment partner: Vulcan


Date of deployment: September 17, 2018
Deployment partner: Vulcan


Date of deployment: September 10, 2017
Deployment partner: African Parks

7N. Luangwa

Date of deployment: March 16, 2017
Deployment partner: Vulcan

In their own words:
"Our top commanders now use [Vulcan EarthRanger] and appreciate the holistic view of trackable assets. I am able to check throughout the day, wherever I am in the world, where units are and to check movement/coverage over time. This visualization has improved everyone's holistic perspective but has also supported the adaptation and development of our evolving protection strategies."


Date of deployment: July 20, 2018
Deployment partner: African Parks


Date of deployment: March 31, 2017
Deployment partner: Vulcan

In their own words:
"An incredibly effective tool... Easy to use, all in one system revolutionizing the way we manage the park."

Note: No loss of animals since park management started using Vulcan EarthRanger.


Date of deployment: September 10, 2017
Deployment partner: African Parks

In their own words:
"[Vulcan EarthRanger] has significantly improved the capture and recording of key incidents and field data. This has vastly improved our spatial awareness of our assets... and has greatly enhanced the management and coordination of field operations."


Date of deployment: April 18, 2018
Deployment partner: WPS

In their own words:
"Since implementing [Vulcan EarthRanger], day to day operations have seen a big shift. The park's daily 7:00am meetings to cover incidents in the last 24 hours are much more efficient."

[EarthRanger] provides us with relevant field information that helps us to make strategic, technical law enforcement decisions in our park.
— African Parks Network Project Manager
Liwonde National Park, Malawi

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