When

When Timeline for activities and main milestones in project Ngulia:

  • 2010: Stimson Center, an American think tank, gets a project on border security in East Africa and Johan Bergenäs is assigned project leader.
  • 2013 Summer: The Kenyan government is asked to formulate a pilot project, and they assign the task to Kenya Wildlife Service, who suggests Ngulia.
  • 2013 October: Johan looks for a technology expert with security focus. At the same time, Fredrik looks for a plenary speaker to a national security conference, and gets a tip about Johan’s project.
  • 2013 November: Johan and Fredrik publishes a debate article in SvD, a major Swedish newspaper, the same morning as the security conference starts. They decide to start a collaboration.
  • 2014 January: Their first joint visit to Ngulia. They bring a production team to document the technical feasibility study in a short film.
  • 2015 March: Fredrik starts a local initiative at Linköping University called Wildlife Security, connected to the strategic research environment Security Link.
  • 2014 June: The first drone tests take place in Kolmården.
  • 2014 August: KWS, Stimson and LiU signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
  • 2015 September: Stimson center, with partners, is granted a one-year Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative
  • 2014 November: Vinnova grants a project proposal for Smart Savannahs based on a public private partnership model. About a dozen of companies are affiliated partners.
  • 2015 January: Two IT companies, iHub in Nairobi and HiQ in Linköping, start a collaboration to develop the software platform for the project.
  • 2015 March: a kick-off for the project Smart Savannahs takes place in Kolmården. The event is documented in a film.
  • 2015 May: the first exhibition area for the project is inaugurated at the savannah lodge.
  • 2015 September: Linköping University, with partners, is granted a one-year Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative
  • 2015 September: The first version of the app is released, and about 50 smartphones are handed out to the rangers.
  • 2015 September: Namakula in Kolmården gets a foot mounted GPS from FollowIT, and a long series of tests starts.
  • 2015 October: the first radar tests take place in Kolmården with equipment and personnel from Meteksan Savunma, Turkey.
  • 2015 November: three remotely operated surveillance cameras are installed in the new stable for the savannah animals.
  • 2015 December: a second workshop takes place at Kolmården, including many companies, personnel form the wildlife park, and where the Kenyan ambassador to Sweden participates. · 2016 May: the exhibition area at the savannah lodge gets a face lift.
  • 2016 summer: Intensified training in Ngulia by iHub, HiQ and LiU.
  • 2016 June: a remotely operated pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera is installed at the Kolmården savannah. Namakula gets a new foot-mounted GPS with improved housing. The PTZ camera is programmed to follow the GPS position, and the close up of Namakula is shown on a monitor in the lodge.
  • 2017 January: Kolmården Foundation increases its support to project Ngulia, and donates 25 new smartphones and co-funds the new version of the app.
  • 2017 March: version 2 of the app and Dashboard are presented to the rangers in Ngulia.
  • 2017 April: Norrköping’s fund for innovation and development grants a project where Kolmården and Linköping University will jointly develop new technology to communicate project Ngulia and educate the visitors.
  • 2017 June: the postcode foundation grants a project proposal to increase the training in Kenya and awareness of the project in Kolmården.