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Trinet project     TRINET PROJECT


The Informatics Development Institute (IDI) is a not-for-profit company, established in Ireland, with the mission of furthering the global development of both information and communications technologies, and researching their socio-economic impact. The mission is the provision of cost-effective communications for remote regions of developing countries.

In 1999 the IDI secured European Commission backing for a communications network project, entitled TRINET, targeted at developing countries in Africa. Current partners are located in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and use a low-earth-orbiting satellite (LEOSAT) for store-and-forward email communication using amateur packet radio technology, and internet email gateways in developed countries.

The management summary of the final report can be obtained on request as a 7 page PDF file.

We are seeking to contact other interested parties in order to prepare proposals for a continuation of TRINET. If you can offer technology expertise in the area of low-cost satellite communications, please download the report summary above and then contact us for further discussions.

For updated information please visit:

Email info at InformaticsDevelopmentInstitute dot net
or if that's too long to type, we have a shortcut: Info at I-D-I dot net

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University for Science and Technology Bulawayo
Contact: Clement Dzidonu

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Accra, Ghana
Contact: Professor W S Alhassan Director-General

National Agricultural Research Organisation, Entebbe, Uganda
Contact: Professor Joseph Mukiibi Director-General

Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia
Contact: Dr John Lungu Deputy Vice-Chancellor 

  Workshop at CBU

One of the training sessions during the TRINET Workshop, held in Copperbelt University, Kitwe, ZAMBIA, in October 2001. Mr. Tom Fallon from IDI/Dublin Institute of Technology is on the right. The attendees are from CSIR (Ghana), NARO (Uganda), NUST (Zimbabwe), and CBU (Zambia).

Related Links

Keplerian Elements

The AMSAT website has amateur satellite data and the keplers are updated at: 

On you can get the keps for almost everything that flies at 

The Posat Two-Line-Elements (TLE keps) can be downloaded in  

The Healthsat keps are at 
and there you will find "Healthsat 1". It is incorrectly labeled but object 
22827 is HS-2. 

Not related to the above, but for general interest, the NASA website tracks the shuttle and other famous satellites at 


Development Links    EuropaWorld reports on international development and humanitarian actions of European institutions, Governments and NGOs, including European based United Nations agencies. Europaworld is a free, downloadable weekly newspaper covering development and humanitarian actions by European institutions. Euforic: Platform for debate and information on Europe's international development cooperation, with thousands of full-text resources from more than 55 organisations. 

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