Tracking the lighter's position data is achieved with the help of research transmitters normally used as animal implants in wildlife habitat studies.
For analysis of the telemetry data received we will use one of the software packages available for analysis of radio-tracking or other locational data. These provide standard methods of describing data such as polygon and grid cell analysis.
We analyse the telemetry data to extract information about the lighters, and urban habitats that their movements describe:
- Home ranges of each of the study's objects
- Drifting of home ranges within time to be evaluated
- Distance and speed parameters for single activity cycles
- Multiple objects' plots with areas and overlaps
- Animation of movements over a study site map
- Determination of correlation between overlapping home ranges
- Possible influences of objects on each other
The information extracted from biotelemetry data using the methods described above will be published, detailing specimen home range as well as spatial and temporal aspects of activity. This statistical information is presented in text-based, as well as graphical and animated form on the project's website.As for those that carry our lighters - we don’t want to know who they are. We don’t trace people, we trace lighters.