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Disconnected battery leaves trackers wondering

Web visitors who have tried to track a container loaded with donated goods headed to Africa might be perplexed that, 24 hours into its journey, it didn’t appear to have left the parking lot of Robinson Enterprises in Nevada City.

The container, which holds a complete X-ray lab, dental equipment, clothing and more, has been equipped with a satellite tracking system donated by security and equipment company Vtrac Systems of Grass Valley.

The idea was to allow residents the opportunity to see where the container is each day on its path to a medical clinic founded by Nevada County’s Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann for the Batwa Pygmies in southern Uganda.



The device also lets residents know the temperature both inside and outside the container, the contents of which largely were donated by members of Nevada County Rotary clubs.

However, the tracking device was not working Wednesday.




Vtrac Systems President Lee Moore said that somehow, the unit got separated from its battery when the door was shut.

The problem will be easy to fix, he said, and a repair person will be heading down to the port in Oakland Thursday morning to reconnect the system.

“It should be back up and running by noon tomorrow,” he said, adding that he doesn’t expect there to be any more troubles with the system during its long voyage. When the container arrives at the Batwa Pygmy settlement, the tracking system will be exchanged for a text-messaging program that will allow the Kellermanns to correspond electronically with those in the United States.

To log on, visit http://www.vtracsystems.com and click on “log on.” The account ID is “Rotary” and the password is “uganda.” Leave the “Username” field blank, and be sure not to capitalize “uganda.”


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