CyberTracker is the most efficient method of GPS field data collection. You can use CyberTracker on a Smartphone or handheld computer to record any type of observation. CyberTracker, which requires no programming skills, allows you to customize an Application for your own data collection needs.
CyberTracker Screen Designs
CyberTracker is the most efficient way to gather large quantities of geo-referenced data for field observations at a speed and level of detail not possible before.
The CyberTracker icon interface was originally designed for trackers who cannot read or write. However, scientists and conservationists benefit from the icon interface enabling significantly faster data collection than text interfaces or written methods. The icon interface design also reduces data input errors.
Screen designs can combine text and icons for the optimum efficiency. Icons can be designed and customized for the user’s specific needs and imported into CyberTracker. Number and text fields can also be entered by means of conventional key pads.
CyberTracker Electronic Field Guide
The CyberTracker Screen Designer makes it possible for users to design their own Electronic Field Guides with Species Identification Keys (Filters). The Species Identification Keys consists of a sequence of screens each with a checklist of characteristic features of a species. For each subsequent screen, the Filter gives an indication of the number of possible species.
The Electronic Field Guide makes it possible to imbed definitions, descriptions and images into the data capture Screen Sequence, providing an immediate reference for easy validation of field observations.
Designing an Application
Designing a CyberTracker Application requires no programming skills. Creating data Elements for each Screen automatically creates a structured database.
To create a CyberTracker Application, a selection of Screen Templates makes it easy to link screens together into a Sequence of Screens.
Field Map and GPS GoTo feature for Navigation
The CyberTracker Field Map features makes it possible to navigate using the GPS to track the path of the user in real time. A green cross-hair shows the user’s position while a yellow line shows the path followed. The GPS GoTo feature allows you to define GPS waypoints to guide you towards a specific destination in the field.
Viewing Data in CyberTracker
In CyberTracker data can be viewed in Tables, Maps and Graphs. Map views include Microsoft Virtual Earth, Google Earth, ESRI Shape File map layers or Image maps. The Photo views allow you to attach photos to specific data points.
The Table view allows you to query your data with easy-to-use filters. Queries can be saved in Reports, which are updated when new data is collected.
Server Setup and Remote Synchronization
CyberTracker supports connections to Server databases such as MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL. Remote Synchronization involves CyberTracker desktops, Smartphones and PDAs sending data over the internet to a central server.
Once data has been filtered it can be Exported to Microsoft Excel, Comma Seperated Values, XML or HTML formats. The Map View can also be exported as ESRI Shape Files.
Effort of Patrol and Index of Abundance
The automatic GPS Timer Points records the path followed by the observer and makes it possible to measure the Effort of data gathering.
Patrol paths shown on a map makes it possible to ensure the area integrity of a park. Efficiency Graphs show the number of observations, the distance covered and the time spent on patrol each day.
A Grid View of the map calculates the Cell Count as well as a spatial visualization of the Effort. The Cell Count and Effort of Patrol is used to automatically calculate an Index of Abundance. The Grid View for the Index of Abundance provides an indication of the spatial distribution of animals.