Automated, long range data transfer, drone operation compatible
With a long range, automated wireless remote data download, the possibility to change GPS settings remotely and a superior GPS antenna the Q4000ER fills a need in the middle of the collar range. At the small end of the scale we make this for fisher size animals while the upper end is made for lynx size animals. The collars will be built to order for you, to meet your requirements with the animals' welfare as priority one.
The Q4000ER is the result of a ground up redesign of our Q4000E that had been in production and evolving for 8 years. Each Q4000ER GPS collar includes a VHF transmitter and is backed by our customer support department open 5 days per week. In addition we have online resources that are available to you all the time. To learn more please click on the How it Works button below or click on the Contact Us button above to submit an inquiry for more information or call 925-798-1942.
How it works
After you receive your GPS devices all you need to do is to install a GPS schedule, verify that schedule and then deploy the devices. You create your GPS schedule on our Collar Software system then upload it to the GPS device by a BlueTooth connection. That means no more USB cables and no more having to seal up the USB port on the device, we seal them at our shop.
In the past this type of very small GPS required that you track the collar with the VHF beacon and then use our base station to trigger a data download. You needed a laptop computer and a handheld Yagi-antenna. Those days are over. Now you just need the base station with a small whip antenna attached. In most cases the data download range is longer than the VHF beacon range. This opens up new possibilities for you to get your GPS data, more efficiently and much more easily.
The data download possibilities are now opened up to just having the base station in the field in the area where your study animals may be. This can be achieved in several ways including, placing waterproof base stations in the field and leaving them there, have a base station in or on a vehicle in the study area, putting the base station in an airplane (pilot just flies, base station is automated) or attaching the base station to a small unmanned aerial vehicle (drone). Or you can do it the old fashioned way and track the VHF signal but the chances are that by the time you detect a VHF signal you would already be in range and the data are already transmitted to the base station.
In the field you can map your data on a phone or tablet by making a wireless connection between it and your base station. Copy the GPS data from the base station to your phone or tablet and export a KML file to view the data on a map. The connection between the base station and your portable device does not require an internet connection so it can be made regardless of your location.
For more information please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us button above and submitting an inquiry or by phoning us at 1 (925) 798-1942.