by Sandra Mac Fadyen
The CyberTracker (CT) System was developed for application in conservation by Louis Liebenberg, as a user-friendly interface developed for PalmOS computers. The system allows literate as well as non-literate field workers to record customised observations with latitude (lat) and longitude (long) co-ordinates (http://www.cybertracker.org). The Kruger National Park (KNP) first recognised the potential use of the CT system as an ecological data collection tool in early 2000 and assisted by the GTZ, was able to purchase 44 Palm IIIe organisers and 44 Garmin 12XL GPS units with Palm/GPS interface cables.
CT was used on a trial basis for the duration of 2000 and into 2001, after which the system was reviewed and additional funding sought to improve the system.