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SANParks' CyberTracker - Conservation in the palm of our hands
The CyberTracker System is a hand-held computer software application designed for use in Environmental Conservation and Wildlife Biology as a data-capture tool. While this software is free, the hand-held computers/mobile devices are not. With the generous help of various companies and individuals, we are over-coming this challenge.
The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) CyberTracker program was widely publicised in 2007.
Thanks to generous donations by GTZ (1999), Erna Goodwin estate (2002), Halewood International (July 2006), Thubelisha Homes (November 2006), Fujitsu-Siemens (February 2007); SANParks Honorary Rangers: Ranger Support Services (March 2007), SANParks Special Projects (July 2007) as well as over 40 members of the public (2006-2007) through our online support pages, the CyberTracker upgrades will be operational in all 22 of Kruger’s ranger sections as well as the Scientific Services division within the next few months.
Collectively, over R400 000 was raised to replace Kruger’s ailing CyberTracker hardware with the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket PC Loox N520 handheld device. With this new technology in place, Kruger is now able to take full advantage of the latest range of improved features in the updated CyberTracker 3.x software version incl. the “Moving Map”, which will ensure our rangers are able to navigate their way effortlessly in the field.
SANParks would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported this initiative; your contributions are greatly appreciated!
This technology is essential for the efficient management and research of not only Kruger but the whole of SANParks.
CyberTracker training was therefore recently conducted in Addo National Park and Kimberley for SANParks rangers and researchers from Addo, Mountain Zebra, Tsistikama, Wilderness, Karoo and other National Parks.
Therefore, while Kruger’s fund raising quota has been filled, any assistance offered to help equip our other smaller Parks with the same technology, would be welcomed. Click here to read more about CyberTracker in other SANParks.
Below you'll find a number of articles related to the Kruger National Parks' CyberTracker Programme:
- CyberTracker in All Corners of SANParks - In press, April 2008
- Conservation in our Pocket - CyberTracker poster presentation, Science Network Meeting 2007
- Electronic Ranger Diaries: The Kruger National Park CyberTracker Programme - Published in SANParks Go Wild Newsletter, February 2005
- Kruger CyberTracker gets an "Energy Boost" from Halewood International - Published in the Kruger Times, 14 August 2006
- Honey Bees "CyberTracked" - An external researchers' experience with CyberTracker
- Thubelisha Homes pledges R300 000 towards Kruger's CyberTracker Programme - Published in the Kruger Times, 22 November 2006. Unfortunately, Thubelisha Homes was unable to sponsor the remaining R150 000.00 due to a policy change, ensuring future sponsorships are reserved for programmes impacting on the housing sector.
- Twenty Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket PC's are donated to the Kruger National Park's CyberTracker Programme.