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Terminology Glossary Added

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

To This Website, we have just added more content about our new GPS wildlife collars. We are trying to make this easy to understand and find many customers asking what we mean by certain terms used on the site. This resulted in the addition of our terminology glossary. While surfing our site, if you ever find yourself wondering what we are referring to, just ask us, we are here to help you. For example, some customers don’t understand these terms:

  • Almanac Data
  • Back Up Battery
  • DOP
  • Remote Data Download

These terms, among others, are defined in the glossary on our site. The goal of our website is to provide you the information that you need to make an informed decision about your acquiring your new telemetry equipment. Your suggestions are welcome. In the mean time, we will continue to add content on a regular basis, so check back often.

Quintin Kermeen

Wildlife Cameras

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

For years our customers have used mounted still life cameras to photograph wildlife around the clock. These can utilize various types of triggers ranging from motion detectors to hidden pressure sensors that wait to be trod on. These days there are several companies that have systems to make streaming wildlife video available over the web. It seems not to matter how remote the animals are either, they find ways to power these video systems. A quick search on Yahoo produced this company

Quintin Kermeen

Alternatives to the Global Positioning System

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

At present anyone in the world who wants to use satellite navigation is using the American system (known as GPS of course) deployed by The Department of Defense. The Russians have their own system called Glonass and have just last month agreed to cooperate with India to launch a new generation of Glonass navigation satellites. Some GPS chipset manufacturers offer chipsets that utilize both GPS and Glosnass satellites. Theoretically that makes many more satellites available. Can that help wildlife biologists using satellite navigation collars? Well, not right now and don’t hold your breath.

And then there is Galileo, the EU’s answer to GPS. This system promises to offer better accuracy than GPS and a built in system for 2 way communication. That means that your GPS data can be transmitted very efficiently (compared to current methods) from the collar to you without you having to go into the field to get a remote download. However, Galileo is a hodgepodge of countries working together to create the system. Morocco just joined the fray as the first African nation to become involved in Galileo. Several European nations are involved and China, Israel and India have all provided financial support. Discussions with countries far and wide are also underway in an effort to gain more financial support.
Yesterday the first satellite of the Galileo system was taken to the Baikonour Russia cosmodrome in anticipation of a December 26 launch. Although it offers promise of advantages over the American GPS system, don’t hold your breath for this one either. I doubt that it will be available for use before 2010 and maybe even longer than that.