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Elephants and Rhinos Powered by SAP HANA

As the threat level facing Africa’s wildlife – particularly elephants and rhinos – continues to grow, traditional methods of supporting conservation efforts are no longer enough.  This growing threat along with the lack of funding and manpower, has driven the need for a creative solution.  SAP partner EPI-USE has developed a game changing solution, the ‘ERP Airforce’, which has become a critical component to wildlife protection efforts.

EPI-USE, and their community involvement program, strongly believes that the use of technology is essential to improving conservation success.  Key to this are the UAV’s (unmanned aviation vehicles) which monitor and track elephants within the reserves when it is not possible to monitor in person. The use of AUVs ultimately serves as a proactive deterrent to wildlife poaching related incidents.

How the Technology Works
SAP’s technological innovations in the mobile, cloud, integration and big data spaces utilizing SAP HANA technology, coupled with UAVs and experienced EPI-USE Africa SAP Developers, has resulted in the solution. “With the SAP Cloud Platform and the SAP Fiori mobile libraries, we can build a revolutionary solution in a non-traditional SAP market segment, changing the way conservationists monitor endangered wildlife”, says David Allen, Associate Manager: ERP Technical Services and EPI-USE.

ERP’s solution addresses the threat to elephants and minimizes the human/elephant conflict by fitting the elephants with GPS collars for monitoring purposes.  The monitors alert reserve management when elephants are approaching the reserve boundaries.  This enables the reserve to respond proactively and limit the number of breaches.  The UAV’s are used to monitor the elephant once the reserve management is alerted that they are approaching the reserve boundary. Ensuring the elephants stay inside reserve boundaries reduces the poachers’ access to the animals; outside of reserve boundaries the elephants are no longer protected. This same ERP Airforce will also be used to monitor poaching activities within the reserves and in the very near future, will be used for other wildlife protection efforts.

This solution is saving elephant lives. Now that’s a purpose worth undertaking.

The ERP Airforce solution is set to digitally transform not only EPI-USE’s ERP conservation efforts, but also those of traditional conservation bodies all over the world.

Where might innovations like EPI-USE’s take your business?

For additional information, please contact David Allen with EPI-USE.
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Ashley Tully
Director, Global To-Partner Marketing
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      Author's profile photo Niladri Bihari Nayak
      Niladri Bihari Nayak

      Wonderful initiative by EPIUSE and thanks to SAP HANA !!! I am planning to write a Story Series

      I am planning to write a Story Series "The Elephant Connect", which is a fusion of Industry,

      Technology, and Culture experience across Globe. I was searching for something in SAP space.

      I was deeply searching for something in SAP space and here's the Secret !!

      No worries, I'll give this SCN Blog due credit for inspiring me in Reference Section of my Series 🙂




      Author's profile photo Ashley Tully
      Ashley Tully
      Blog Post Author

      Terrific, thank you Niladri!

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      Former Member

      Hi Niladri,

      My name is Wendie Wendt and I am the Executive Director of ERP. I see that you are interested in doing a Story Series called "The Elephant Connect", which is fantastic. If you would like any information about what ERP is doing with technology to help protect elephants through the alleviation of poverty, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at



      Author's profile photo Niladri Bihari Nayak
      Niladri Bihari Nayak

      Dear Wendie,

      Today morning, you made my Day !! I am super excited after getting a notification in SAP Community Network  regarding my story series. In India especially in Hindu Religion, Lakshmi deity is considered as Goddess of Wealth generation, and she removes Poverty  and ‘SHE’ has Vahana(Carrier) Elephant…

      The vahana and deity to which they support are in a reciprocal relationship. Vahana serve and are served in turn by those who engage them.

      I will be using SAP Design Thinking for  Story Boarding exercise and for Marketing , I’ll be using Business Model Innovation Technique , learnt from openSAP MOOCs.

      I wish it will have tagline 10 million copies in progress at Amazon just like current Indian Mythology Bestseller “SITA” by Amish Tripathi..