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3 Compromises You Make with Every GPS Tracking Device

Monday, October 30th, 2017

In the 1970’s wildlife biologists didn’t have much choice when it came to GPS tracking devices. They could purchase a VHF transmitter that was either big and heavy or big and heavy. Fast forward almost 50 years. Choices for GPS tracking devices for wildlife biologists are abundant. There are many different technologies that can be used and within each of those technologies there are lots of combinations of technology to choose from. On top of that you still have the many manufacturers to choose from, all of whom have their own way.

But we all still have to live within the bounds of what is physically possible. Your choices each come with a price. You can think of those choices in terms of compromises that you will make. But if you do your research up front you’ll stand a good chance of getting a product that really suits your need.

The big three choices still revolve around 1) total product weight, 2) overall battery life and 3) performance. I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know here. Battery size affects total weight. Battery life is tied into the battery size. The performance you expect (number of GPS per day/data download range, etc) is usually within your power to control so that’s another choice.

I feel for the biologist tasked with determining which product is best for her wildlife tracking project. You may become very frustrated with all of the choices and nuances within each product line. On top of that you need to compare products from different manufacturers. And you probably don’t have sufficient time to devote to this task because you’re already doing the work of 2 or 3 people. Just remember, the big three compromises are still with us. Take everything you learn with a grain of salt because it is within your power to decide which compromise you are going to make to get to the correct product for your project.

Last minute prep for Hawaii

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Looking forward to seeing many existing customers in Hawaii as well as trying to connect with folks who are in the market for new telemetry gear. Please stop by our booth for some honest tips about how to make your next project as successful as possible from a GPS telemetry point of view.

GPS Wildlife Telemetry Tips, Tricks and Tools

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I may have mentioned this before, I’m amazed at the quantity of GPS wildlife telemetry products available on the market. And I don’t envy potential new users the task of trying to determine which is right for them. Not only will you need to sort that out but after that there are many things you will need to know that will increase your level of success with your new equipment. But who has the time to become an expert in another new field? No fear, I made a CD to get you started on that path. It’s only $12.99 on Amazon.


More versatile small GPS tracking collar for wildlife

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

One of our team members here has been harping on an idea he wanted to try to eliminate the GPS antenna from the top of our small fisher GPS collars. He was sure it would be a smart move because without the GPS antenna knob on top of the collar we may have a happier fisher and customer too. So we tested it and it worked pretty well. It’s not going to work as well as the GPS antenna on top of the collar but it’s on the way to a fisher trapping session as I write this.

Available at 20 grams

We also put remote data download in it and Smart GPS and activity. We are supplying this one to the project just to see how well the new antenna idea works. Tracking wildlife is never easy and budgets are tight so we want the customers to get the most bang for their buck. The Smart GPS will go a long way toward that end because it can put an end to GPS location attempts during the time that the animals are sleeping inside trees where they don’t acquire GPS locations anyway. No point in burning battery for nothing.

Notice the lack of the GPS antenna on this collar. The whip antennas are for the UHF data download and the VHF transmitter.


Run of the mill wildlife monitoring

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

When I wake up I don’t think to myself that I need to go out and track animals today.  You might but I don’t.  I think of things like, the microprocessor we use in our GPS collar has a long lead time, better get some on order.  Or I think something like, we should add another test to our procedure for passing equipment through QA.  It’s pretty mundane stuff people.

You go out and get your boots muddy, you see things, you hike for a living!  I’m stuck here writing this blog.  So do me a favor and call me with a tough problem, liven up my day for me.  If you just need GPS collars for deer, email that to Matt.  But if you really have a tricky situation CALL ME!!  The trickier the better.

And if you want to be more like me and never leave your office we’ll set you up with a wildlife monitoring system that allows you to do just that. Find a lackey to put your equipment on the animals and use our automatic, remote download system to send you data to your desktop. It works.

Quintin Kermeen