Russian activists use GPS devices to trace the origin of the floating shit in the river of Saint Petersburg. For weeks, the citizens had been complaining that the water coming from the river in Novoye Devyatkino, a little town about 15 km away from Saint Petersburg, smelled of poop, but the government was oblivious to the problem.
This prompted a group of Russian activists to conduct a study on the local sewer system to find out where the smell was coming from. They named the study Feces Travel, wherein they asked permission from ten apartment owners in Novoye Devyatkino to put ten small waterproof tracking devices in their toilet so the ecologists could map out the signals from the GPS units.
Russian Activists Use GPS in Feces Travel Study
The results of the study where Russian activists used GPS were surprising. From the toilet, the tracking devices spilled out straight into the open-air canals just outside the building without any basic sewage filtration.
From Novoye Devyatkino, the GPS trackers flew into the Neva. Five of the trackers reached Neva Bay with all their batteries dead, that’s where the Russian ecologists retrieved them.
The Russian activists said that the GPS trackers they used were cheap Chinese-made tracking devices. They got the waterproof containers for an additional cost. The containers have a salt mixture so the device will sink initially, and once the mixture is dissolved, the small air bubbles inside will make it float. Once it floats, only then can the GPS devices transmit signals. The ecologists then set the devices to send signals every hour.
Though the Russian activists claimed that the test was successful, some people on the Internet were not convinced with the results.
As we all know, GPS units must have a clear view of the sky to be able to transmit signals. But the GPS devices used in the experiment, along with anything else, were in the sewer lines. It is for this reason that they believed the data was unreliable. But according to the ones who conducted the test, the GPS tracking units didn’t go underground. Instead, it spilled directly into the water stream outside.
We say, what an ingenious way of using GPS tracking devices.