In December 2010 GROUND Lab traveled to Kenya with the intent of researching the areas in which the conservationists we have been working with operate. GROUND Lab had recently completed one of its open source tracking units and we wanted to test the overall signal strength and health of the system and of the cell phone network covering the area. I had the pleasure of going on a few safaris to see some amazing wildlife and follow some lions around to understand their routine and the locations they prefer. Needless to say they eat, drink and sleep an incredible amount!
During the time in the Mara, we have tested the device on multiple occasions, tracking the entire safari journey chasing lions and logging every minute the coordinates to the network. We have successfully collected valuable GPS data that we can now use at the Lab to prepare visualization tools to display the routes.
I have also visited a Maasai village to talk to women about entrepreneurship and their changing lifestyles. I wanted to understand what challenges they were facing today and the most pressing one was still their conflict with wildlife, both lions and elephants. Very much what we suspected to hear.