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Wildlife tracking – new developments at Telemetry Solutions

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Satellite communication in our GPS collars, improved connectivity in our UHF wireless communication collars, an automatic remote data download system for any animal no matter the size, camouflaged collars, neutrally buoyant GPS data loggers for penguins, a GPS data logger under 4 grams total weight, tiny solar powered GPS pods with remote download, simplified user controls for triggering remote download by UHF….now it’s just one click, and a solar GPS eartag with remote download in development for grizzly bears and the list goes on.   These are all things that we have been working on for the past few months. While that information in and of itself may not be interesting enough to put into a blog, we think that these technologies will be greatly beneficial to anyone who uses GPS data loggers in their wildlife conservation work.  There is no rest for the wicked though, we have more slated for release before Christmas.

Catch us at The First Annual Seabird Conference in Victoria in September and at The Wildlife Society Conference in Snowbird in October.

Quintin

Solar GPS pod with remote data download option

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

120 Grams

Get a load of our newest solar powered application.  The concept of our GPS pod design has been pretty well received and our solar GPS data loggers with remote download are working great too so we combined the ideas and came up with the solar pod!

Big deal right?  What is it anyway?  What does it do for you?  Well I’ll tell you what it does, if you study animals that live in sunshine and are big enough to handle a 400 gram collar go grab one of your VHF collars.  Doesn’t matter who made that collar, just go get it.  Now how much did you pay for that collar?  A lot less than a GPS collar I bet. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could take that collar in your hand and just bolt something onto the top of it and turn it into a remote download GPS collar that can acquire a GPS location every 5 minutes, transmit that data to you and weigh less than 120 grams?  The weight is important so it won’t flip your collar upside down.

This has none of the large lithium batteries that are normally found in a GPS unit.  Not green enough for you?  Ok, so how much do you add to your carbon footprint every time you go out looking for your study animals?  You drive there right?  Or do you fly? Forget it.  Just take our automatic remote download station and deploy it in an area where you know your study animals will pass by.  Input the collar addresses that you want the station to search for, hook up power and leave.   It will collect and store that data for you so you can just go out and dump it all onto a flash drive or whatever.  Then mosey back to your office and have at it.   Not good enough either?  Want to be greener than this?  Check back soon to find out where we’re taking this.

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.

Quintin

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

GPS jackets

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Have you always wished there was an alternative form of GPS tracking device for your study animal simply because you can’t put collars on them? For instance, monkeys are smart enough to have their buddies take their collars off. Another example would be river otters. They just shed the collar because of the size of their heads. So, what can you do to overcome the problem? One of our customers who studies howler monkeys had a brilliant idea of having jackets made for them and sewed GPS device into the jackets! As you can see in the photo, the monkey looks perfectly comfortable in the jacket. And more importantly, the GPS device worked! When our river otter customer told us that he was going to have his wife sew jackets for the otters, we suggested the jacket company that the monkey customer had the jackets made from. We get inquires from our customers over the world often looking for solutions to their problems. Our mission is to provide information we have to those people with our knowledge and help them get data from their study animal in a way that is no harm to the animal. And we enjoy our challenging work that keeps coming in.