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Advanced Activity Sensor

New era for movement sensors in GPS collars

What is it?

It is an advanced activity sensing device integrated into the wildlife GPS tracking package. User programmability sets this device apart from all others. It is much more sophisticated than other activity logging devices that you may have heard about or had experience with. It adds nothing to the size of the product but adds a great deal to your data set.

What makes it work?

Inside the GPS unit there is a tiny device called an accelerometer. This device detects movement. That is a common piece of hardware found in many different electronic products. The real power of this device in wildlife GPS is the Telemetry Solutions software interface which allows you to configure the device exactly as you need it.

The Difference

Detection and Interpretation

  • Accurately interpret movement data. No more guessing about vague activity data outputs. You will tightly control how the device is actually measuring movement therefore you will be able to relate your data to specific movements.
  • Focus on detecting specific types of movement. Answer the questions that you need answered. By setting various parameters and thresholds specific movements will be detected

Features & Benefits

  • Capture fine scale movements: You have the control to set the rate at which the device will sample movement. This allows you to capture movement information either on a very fine scale or on a coarse scale. This is the sampling rate not to be confused with the schedule that the sensor follows. Sampling choices range from 4 times per second to one time every 4 seconds.

    finescale movement
  • Isolate movements into individual lines of data: You have the power to decide what one line of data represents in terms of elapsed time. It's easy to interpret data by isolating movements onto different lines of data. Gone are the days when lots of movements are all lumped together represented by a single data output.

    Isolate movements
  • Filter out unwanted information. You set a movement threshold below which nothing gets logged. Your conclusions will be more meaningful because you know that the data represents a certain level of movement. The threshold is indicated by a red line in the illustration at right.

  • Quickly teach yourself how movements translate into data. What do the data outputs mean? Watch in real time as the movements you make with the device are represented both graphically and numerically on the screen. You will see how specific movements relate to the data output. (device must be connected to pc via USB cable).
  • The sensor follows your schedule. You set the schedule that determines when the activity sensor is operational and when it's not. You may either set the activity sensor to be on all the time or schedule it. By using the simple scheduling software you can set the times in the day when you require activity outputs. Activity sensing scheduling does not need to be the same day after day, every day can use a different sensing schedule. This is just another way in which you control the sensing to answer your questions. Do not confuse this with the sampling rate, they are not the same thing.

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