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Is everyone doing the job of at least 2 people?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Telemetry Solutions is at 38 degrees north latitude and it’s February.  So why am I still arriving at work and leaving in the dark?  I used to drive away to a local coffee shop after lunch just so that I could see other humans and get a glimpse of the weather during the workday.  But I find that I get a bit more done when I stay here so that’s out now.  My day is organized but I never seem to get everything done.  One big thing that has gone begging lately is updating our website with all of the new possibilities that we now offer.  What kind of businessman am I….keeping it all secret.  In the encapsulation room this morning I saw a very nice GPS collar for female fisher.  It’s really a thing of beauty.  It’s going out the door at 40 grams.  I have a special guest worker arriving at the office within the hour to begin testing of our newest drop off which we have not even advertised yet.  We’re talking small and light.  Because we don’t use fabricated housings on our lightest GPS collars there is no way to incorporate a drop off into the end of a housing.  If we could it would be very light but there would be the enormous bulk of that housing to contend with.  It’s out of the question.  So instead we have to add the drop off externally.  Until now that meant that species the size of foxes could not handle our existing drop off.  We’re excited by this new development.  How long will it be before we get it onto our website?  That all depends upon whether or not I intend to see the sun anytime soon.  When the day comes that I arrive home and the dog starts growling at me because she forgot who I am then I know I’m in the office too much.  If you need something that you don’t see on our website, call me.  Tiny GPS data loggers for birds, GPS pods that attach to your existing large mammal GPS collars, GPS collars for bears or rabbits or anything in between.  If you have an idea that requires some GPS device that you can’t find because no one offers it, call me. 

Quintin

It looks like the technology that you used to be told was years away is here.

Friday, February 6th, 2009

GPS for lizards, snakes and all manner of animals that have never been tracked using GPS before is now an everyday occurence.  GPS for quail are shipping this month. After 3 years making GPS collars we have settled on two designs that lend themselves to applications for a very wide range of species.  The GPS pod that clients bolt onto their own VHF collars took off in a direction other than I intended.  I thought, “Finally, a standard, off the shelf product.”  No such luck.  After the first two sales of that product requests came in for slight variations.  Those turned into much bigger variations and now we have 4 different GPS pods available with more on their way.  The pods are a great way to add a GPS data component to projects with limited budgets and either existing VHF collars or plans for new VHF collars.  Presently the lightest pod is 156 grams.  We have several new configurations waiting in the queue, all of them lighter than existing GPS pod designs.  They come to you with everything you need to attach them to your collars, a hole punch, rivets and a riveting tool. 

Implanting GPS is now possible too.  This is fairly new idea and there is a thin antenna that must be outside the body.  Other limitations exist with this technology but at least it’s moving in the right direction.  We are offering some GPS units with rechargeable batteries and while this may not apply in 99% of the cases it is invaluable in that narrow 1%.  An “always on” mode is available for those of you who need a line on a map rather than a bunch of dots.  Remote data download is available with the addition of 1.3 grams weight, not much of a limitation any longer.  And we just increased the download range for the third time this year.   With the word of all this new technology spreading fast in the wildlife community we have customers from the four corners of the earth.  We support these customers with only a 6 hour gap in our customer service system, we need a little bit of sleep.  You should not have to wait for a response just because everyone in California left the office. 

We have a new video coming to the website in February and we think you’ll like it.  Please check back around Valentine’s Day.

Quintin