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November 29, 2011

SMS Data Link Keeps Tabs on the Lions

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BY TOM SIMONITE, Technology Review

As mobile phone use soars in Africa, even Kenyan lions are sending SMS messages. Collars worn by the lions send out messages to a computer system that maps their location. The project is aimed at cutting conflict with local Maasai herders to keep locals, lions, and livestock safe. But it also demonstrates a novel approach to getting the benefits of wireless data in areas that lack data services, and where even phone calls are still relatively expensive. Research company Ground Lab, based in New York City, made the collars and worked with nonprofits Living with Lions and Lion Guardians to fit them to lions and cattle in southern Kenya.

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