The Arribada Initiative is back with an update on our thermal elephant alert system which aims to reduce human-elephant conflict (HEC). Our idea for an alert system combines low-cost thermal sensors, machine
Why isn't there an Arduino style platform for biologging and satellite telemetry? It's a question that the Arribada Initiative has been working to address for the past 3 years, and today at the
I'm a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. In around 5 months time I'll transition to Alumni, as a Fellowship has a limit of 3 years. On the first day of my Fellowship I wrote a piece about the

Building a better camera trap

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A few months ago, I went tree climbing to become a certified tree climber, advancing Arribada’s goal to improve the design and installation of
Arribada recently returned from field sites in Assam, India where we tested the image quality and detection abilities of low-cost thermal sensors for detecting elephants in conflict areas. Arribada is working on
Arribada just returned from our first thermal camera field trials in Greenland, where we tested the image quality and detection abilities of our chosen thermal sensors in an arctic climate, our prototype camera
Our last blog post left you with preliminary test results of thermopile and microbolometer thermal sensors to be used in an early animal warning system. Funded by WWF and WILDLABS, this Arribada Initiative project

Gone tree climbing

Sep 18, 2018
I love daring activities, the more curious the better; night scuba diving, active volcano research, the highest bungee jump, flying trapeze. Which is why the first time I saw someone climb 40 meters into the
Re-Cap If you read our previous blog, you know that we are developing a low-cost automated animal detection system to help reduce human-wildlife conflict. But in case you missed it, here’s a
Conflict between humans and wildlife is increasing as human communities expand and wild habitats are destroyed. As a winner of the Human Wildlife
The power of 1 hour of solar energy reaching our planet is equivalent to our current annual global energy consumption. Nature knows this - virtually all life depends on photosynthesis in the food chain.
It’s $50, the size of a credit card, and can record uncompressed audio at 384,000 samples per second. The AudioMoth, designed and developed by the Open Acoustic Devices team, offers researchers and acousticians

Raw GPS data decoding with RTKLIB

Mar 7, 2017
I was delighted to discover Tim Everett's blog documenting the use of RTKLIB and uBlox GPS receivers. RTKLIB is an open source

What’s next for the green sea turtle “Pit Stop” tag?

Mar 6, 2017
Prior to my Fellowship, I embarked on a unique project to dramatically reduce the cost of tagging green sea turtles. The objective was to acquire spatial and behavioural data using open source principles and

It begins

Mar 6, 2017
Today, it all begins. Luckily, it's a wonderful blue sky day too. This morning I'll be sipping my coffee as a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. This, to me,