Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
The Process is primarily a long term partnership.
Our partnership provides organizations trusted guidance and support through every step of the process.
To successfully deploy advanced systems for conservation we need an End to End process that begins with the needs and ends with results.
As previous failures taught us, companies try to sell systems to the humanitarian and conservation markets which do not always match the needs and required results.
By performing a thorough process from beginning to end together, we can successfully introduce the right systems and have real realistic effective change.
Below is an outline of the general process, some steps may change between projects:
Preliminary Project/Challenge introduction to Wildeas.
The initial introductory stage, enables all parties to create an initial base for cooperation and partnership, and build an initial roadmap according to urgency, resources and needs.
At this stage, end-users introduce their area of interest and needs, while depicting general and specific goals that they have set. (Short and long term).
Preliminary online analysis and information gathering.
This stage includes a preliminary theoretical analysis of the project at hand - terrain, Meteorology, history, logistics, manpower, CONOPS, conditions, challenges, threats and more as a preperation for the field survey stage that will create a common base for all partners. This stage can create a preliminary framework of the process for a possible solution.
A formal partnership has to be signed in order to allow all parties to exchange ideas and information while protecting sensitive data. This formalization enables Wildeas to approach possible partners on behalf of the end user to complete the analysis, outline a strategy, create partnerships for research and attain formal proposals as needed.
The first crucial step of any process is to perform a thorough and candid field analysis of the required area. The process includes issues ranging from topography to meteorology, population, species, vegetation, human-wildlife conflicts, and more.
A crucial stage of the process includes interviews with personnel pertaining to the reserve/area (Including managers, rangers, researchers, villagers, etc.)
General preliminary plan and cost analysis
According to field analysis and data, a preliminary strategic plan will be designed according to program goals. The plan will customarily include several options/scenarios, different stages for "Go-No-Go" decisions, field tests and cost analysis.
Plan must present current realistic options, with secondary future options.
Strategy and Plan
According to different options and possibilities (from systems to funding), Partners agree on a selected course of action.
The first stage may be an additional collection of data that will help decide on the best course possible.
When required RFI/P/Q or SOW
According to selected strategy, RFI (Request for Information) and SOW (Statement of work) are prepared and submitted to selected companies - according to agreed plan.
The goal is to prepare a process that will recruit and include the input of specialists of the selected providers.
Long term planning and stages
According to initial strategy and information gathered - a creation of a long term plan/stages to the expected solution and effect.
Stages must enable the team to select and remodel path as results experience gather.
Final data collection and selection
Response analysis from all companies - According to data.
Team process to select solutions from systems/providers and create implementation path (Deployment, training, maintenance, etc.
Cost analysis and finance
According to cost analysis and selection - a finance decision, mediating and assisting when required to recruit NGO's/Contributors for project.
Financial decisions may include a test period before acquisition.
Field test prior to acquisition
In a responsible process, the end users may ask to perform a field test in which he can observe the actual performance of the systems in the field.
Field test design must be adapted to required mission goals and realistic system expectations.
The field test cannot usually demonstrate complete integration but can provide more data for a wiser choice.
Negotiations and acquisitions
Preparing for field test and acquisition negotiations.
Participating and mediating the negotiations process for acquisition – emphasizing on the right solution and services for long term operation (Maintenance, training, Spare parts, etc.)
Accompanying acquisition process, assisting Factory test, acceptance tests and field checks of received systems and training plan.
Field Deployment/Long term/ Periodical
Assisting the operational deployment process with teams and managers – From planning to reach operational status and results.
Post field and results analysis
Debriefing with all participants.
Analysis of performance with recommended changes to operational process if required
Revaluating solution and future stages
According to results and field analysis, reevaluating systems and next stages. Continuation to the following stages or modification of the long term process as needed.