CyberTracker in the Media

CyberTracker has already enjoyed worldwide media coverage. To achieve our objectives, ongoing media coverage is essential.

TV coverage of CyberTracker includes: CNN (World-wide), ABC News (USA), BBC News (United Kingdom), BBC (Tomorrow's World, United Kingdom), BBC World (World-wide), Sky TV (World-wide), ITN TV, ABC News (Australia), National Geographic Today (USA), Discovery Channel Europe, Discovery Channel USA, Discovery Channel Canada, VARA, Jules Unlimited (Netherlands), Voxtours (Germany), Africa Journal (Africa-wide), 50/50 (South Africa), Science Matters (South Africa), Carte Blanche (South Africa), a Reuters TV piece shown internationally, also TV coverage in Switzerland, France, Germany and Finland.

Press coverage of CyberTracker includes: Time (International), Economist (UK), National Geographic News (World-wide), New Scientist (United Kingdom), Wired Magazine (USA), Pour la Science (France), Science et Nature (France), Geo (Germany), Eos (Netherlands), Financial Times (United Kingdom), The Times (United Kingdom), The Sunday Times (United Kingdom), USA Today, Chronicle of Philanthropy (USA), Die Woche (Germany), Computer Bild (Germany), Le Point (France), The Australian (Australia), Computerworld (USA), Communications & Networking (Canada), The National Post (Canada), Geographical (United Kingdom), Ethos (United Kingdom), Corriere Della Sera (Italy), Ecologia International (Spain), Pen Computing (USA), Palmtop-Pro Magazine (Germany), and a number of newspapers and magazines in South Africa.

BioKIDS trek through the wild using handheld computers

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ANN ARBOR---Elementary school children in Ann Arbor, Melvindale, and Detroit are trekking through the wild---at least, the "wild" life around their schoolyards. With handheld computers at their side, these budding biologists are studying the biodiversity around their schools using software originally developed by professional animal trackers in Africa.

The program, called BioKIDS: Kids Inquiry of Diverse Species, is made possible through the cooperative efforts of the University of Michigan's School of Education and Museum of Zoology, and the Interagency Education Research Initiative (National Science Foundation, Department of Education and theNational Institute on Health). Uniting students, teachers, and biologists, BioKIDS allows students to use a variety of program-specific computer resources to explore how and why animals and humans interact. The students, employing the outdoors as their science lab, ultimately develop field guides for their fellow students to view.

Texas Park and Wildlife Magazine - Otter Tracking

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It is a warm fall day, and a group of TPWD biologists is staring intently at a clue left on the muddy banks of the Neches River. A white note card pointing to a nearby animal track reads, "Who made this track?" Ideas race through the minds of the group members as they attempt to solve the mystery. The track is way too small to be an alligator, but too big to be a mink. There are five toes — with webbing — and nail marks showing. Could it really be? Yes, this track was left by one of Texas' most inconspicuous inhabitants — the Northern River Otter.

IEEE Spectrum: Louis Liebenberg - Call of the Wild

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Of the thousands of people who started software companies in the go-go 1990s, surely Louis Liebenberg followed the most tortuous path to the helm of a software start-up. For one thing, it went through the Kalahari bush. Liebenberg is the owner of CyberTracker Software Ltd., a four-person company in Cape Town, South Africa. CyberTracker's acclaimed program for Palm and Pocket PC handhelds simplifies and automates the task of monitoring the locations, populations, and movements of wildlife. Available free at, the software has been a huge hit with wildlife officials, conservationists, zoologists, field biologists, animal trackers, and antipoaching officers. Nearly 2000 people per month have been downloading Version 3 of the software.

Tracking Life: African and American animal trackers converge to revive their ancient art

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THE BEAR LIKED ACORNS, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE FOUND THEM CONVENIENTLY DROPPED ONTO THE SMOOTH DIRT PATH THAT WOUND BEHIND THE CAMP to the river. He also liked grubs -- and the wood pile in camp, with those tidy little chunks of tree all split up nice and paw-handy, made it easy for him. All he had to do was swipe a good rotty one up, hug it close and gnaw until the grubs nestling in the fibers popped out like candy into his mouth. And berries, of course -- who didn't like berries?

CyberTracker to help with the monitoring of Sea Turtles

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Computer science ensures better data collection and data transfer. In particular, Louis Liebenberg, a South African scientist very interested in the tracking capacity of Bushmen in Kalahari, invented the Cybertracker, a palmtop computer associated with a GPS receiver. Liebenberg developed an efficient software to enable even non-literate users to gather large quantities of geo-referenced data for field observations.

Reading the Signs: A Lifetime of Achievement

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In the vastness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a story is being written in the wilds. The authors are the animals, the wind, the trees and the myriad of creatures that live in the park. Very few people can read this story and decode the meaning of the smallest, subtlest signs of the wild.One man who could was Karel Kleinmann, popularly known as "Oom Vet Piet".

Discovery: African Bushmen Track Wildlife with PDAs

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In Africa, one might expect to see a lion with a fresh kill, a baboon with a toothy grin, or an elephant with its herd. But a Bushman with a PalmPilot? It's possible. Expert hunters and gatherers such as the Bushmen, the indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert, are being equipped with smart phones with special software for tracking plants and animals. Called CyberTracker, the free program combines a database of icons of animals and plants with GPS software to allow people who cannot read or write to record complex information.

Cape Argus: Mountain cash crunch

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Efforts to curb the worsening spate of robberies on Table Mountain are being hamstrung by a shortage of funds, with both the city and the province failing to answer pleas for extra cash. The City of Cape Town has been stalling a request for R4-million from the Table Mountain National Park for more than nine months. The mayoral committee member for economic development and tourism, Simon Grindrod, said on Tuesday he was in favour of funding security in the park.

Cape Times: Armed team to target mountain muggers?

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An armed reaction team, more staff and the help of a tracking organisation is what Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) says are just a few steps necessary to boost its unsatisfactory security measures - but it cannot implement them without more money. Since Friday, at least 15 muggings have been reported on Cape Town's mountain and a state of readiness security meeting will be held on September 17.

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