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Instructions on Using CyberTracker

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Tracking Criminals

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From 2000 to 2004 the Noordhoek wetlands and beach in the Table Mountain National Park suffered ongoing criminal attacks on visitors. Criminal attacks included armed robbery, assault of visitors and rape. Due to the remoteness of the area, the police and park rangers were unable to apprehend suspects. Only by tracking suspects and using the CyberTracker to plot their movements, was it possible to plan successful operations to catch the criminals.

Tracking Dangerous Criminals

Uses of CyberTracker

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The CyberTracker Team

CyberTracker Conservation is a non-profit Public Benefit Organisation that promotes the vision of a worldwide environmental monitoring network. Since 1997 CyberTracker has developed and distributed free software for smart phones and PDAs for data gathering and visualisation. We also provide Tracker Certification to improve observer reliability. CyberTracker is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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 Founders

Louis Liebenberg

Co-Founder and Executive Director of CyberTracker, is a tracker and the author of several books and scientific papers on the art of tracking, an Associate of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Laureate of the 1998 Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

Justin Steventon

Co-Founder and Lead Software Developer for CyberTracker since 1997, works as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft.

 

Patron

Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

CyberTracker Conservation NPC

Reg. No. 2000/016138/08

A Public Benefit Organisation PBO Reference No. 18/11/13/857

Board of Directors

Fotini Babaletakis (Chairperson), Louis Liebenberg (Executive Director),

Phil Biden, and Juan Pinto, South African citizens. 

Executive Director

Louis Liebenberg

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.O. Box 1211, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7985, South Africa

Software Development

System Design: Justin Steventon, Louis Liebenberg, Mark Derbecker, Vikram Bapat and Dylan G. Miles
Programming: Justin Steventon and Dylan G. Miles

CyberTracker Certification Standards Committee

The CyberTracker Certification Standards Committee, responsible for maintaining tracker certification standards, consists of Louis Liebenberg, the late Wilson Masia, Juan Pinto, Adriaan Louw and Mark Elbroch.

 

Keeping Track of Disaster Relief

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Field Surveys for Disaster Relief

One of the critical problems in disaster relief management is the lack of reliable data on basic needs on the ground after a major natural disaster. Disaster relief efforts must overcome serious logistical problems due to poor communication and unreliable information.

Gathering good quality data on the ground will make it possible to make informed decisions on where the highest priorities are. Better information on quantities of relief supplies needed, such as medicines, food, blankets, shelter and clothing will ensure that resources are used more efficiently where they are needed most.

The new Esri ArcGIS Online feature provides more efficient centralised data management. Remote syncronisation to other online back-end servers can also be implemented by advanced users. 

A sample CyberTracker Application for Disaster Relief can be downloaded and modified for specific relief efforts.

Add your Project to the CyberTracker website

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You can help us develop a Worldwide Environmental Monitoring Network by adding your project to the CyberTracker website.

Please email a short description and a photo of your project to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you wish to participate in our network, please indicate whether we can publish your website, email and/or contact person.

Towards a Worldwide Environmental Monitoring Network

More than 120 000 downloads!

CyberTracker is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to promote the development of a Worldwide Environmental Monitoring Network.

Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity may have serious impacts on human welfare. To prevent this will require ongoing long-term monitoring of all aspects of the environment.

From its origins with the Kalahari trackers, CyberTracker projects have been initiated to monitor gorillas in the Congo, snow leopards in the Himalayas, butterflies in Switzerland, the Sumatran rhino in Borneo, jaguars in Costa Rica, birds in the Amazon, wild horses in Mongolia, dolphins in California, marine turtles in the Pacific and whales in Antarctica.

CyberTracker is being used by indigenous communities, in national parks, scientific research, citizen science, environmental education, forestry, farming, social surveys and crime prevention.

Our ultimate vision is that Smartphone users worldwide will use CyberTracker to capture observations on a daily basis. Data streaming into the Cloud will make it possible to visualise changes in the global ecosystem in real time

CyberTracker software has been downloaded more than 100 000 times and the CyberTracker website has been visited from more than 210 countries.

 

World Map image courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Use CyberTracker on a Smartphone for

GPS field data collection 

 

 

From its origins with indigenous Kalahari trackers, CyberTracker projects have been initiated to protect rhinos in Africa, to monitor gorillas in the Congo, snow leopards in the Himalayas, butterflies in Switzerland, jaguars in Costa Rica, birds in the Amazon, wild horses in Mongolia, dolphins in California, marine turtles in the Pacific and whales in Antarctica.

CyberTracker is being used worldwide by indigenous communities, in protected areas, scientific research, citizen science, environmental education, forestry, farming, social surveys and crime prevention. 

Climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity may have serious impacts on human welfare. To anticipate and prevent negative impacts will require ongoing long-term monitoring of all aspects of the environment. Our vision is to develop a Worldwide Environmental Monitoring Network.

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Indigenous Knowledge

The CyberTracker Story

The Art of Tracking may well be the origin of science. After hundreds of thousands of years, traditional tracking skills may soon be lost. Yet tracking can be developed into a new science with far-reaching implications for nature conservation. Involving scientists and local communities in key areas of biodiversity, CyberTracker combines indigenous knowledge with state-of-the-art computer and satellite technology.

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I-Tracker, Australia

The North Australian Indigenous CyberTracker Network is part of the CyberTracker Worldwide Network. I-Tracker is a network of Indigenous Land and Sea managers and researchers across north Australia who are working together to collect and share information for better land and sea management.

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CyberTracker on Angas Downs, Australia

Australian Wildlife Services currently facilitate a Cybertracker program on Angas Downs, where the Angas Downs Indigenous Rangers implement wildlife and other information tracking.

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Tracking Social Trends

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Spatially Referenced Social Surveys

Survey research theory has indicated that paper-based data collection methods do not provide the scope for frequent data collection and fast data processing. A key component of the CyberTracker software for the field unit is the flexible interface design and query system that allows the development of highly customised data capture screens to suit specific data gathering needs. The intuitive data capture sequences and touch-screen iconic options makes the capture of highly detailed data possible by semiliterate and non-literate users who have no computer literacy skills.

The CyberTracker base station software also provides a query system that allows the user to perform tabular queries and simple GIS (Geographical Information System) analyses. The data can also be exported, allowing the data to feed into any existing database or GIS.