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Latest developments

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

2009 is a great year for us. We have added new products to the lineup, new people to the organization and many new customers. Product development is moving ahead at full steam, we have several projects in various stages of development. The newest system will become available next month and it’s not like anything else on the market. Before the end of the year we will surely have one or two other new systems available.

When we started developing and producing our own line of GPS collars in 2006 you could have played a ball game in our facility, there was plenty of space. We now have electronics and people everywhere, you couldn’t toss a paper airplane without hitting something. It’s time for a move. By August we will be in our new facility which will not only provide ample space for what we are currently doing but provide the space for the planned growth of Telemetry Solutions.

Keep watching the site, we will have a some big developments showing up next month.
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

GPS Pod opens the door to new configurations.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Last month we introduced a new product that we call a GPS pod.  It contains a GPS data logger and battery pack in a small housing.  It’s simple and it has nothing coming out from it, no wires.  This pod can be bolted onto any manufacturers’ VHF collar large enough to accommodate it.  And it turns that VHF collar into a GPS store-on-board collar.  But now slightly different uses are coming into play.  Given the economical advantage of this device (read:  low cost) some biologists are finding that they may just bolt these onto other GPS collars too.  This protects them from data loss should something go wrong with a GPS collar.  Alternatively it just provides them with more data.  In the case of very large animals, like elephants, one could actually attach 2 or more of these devices onto existing GPS collars.  The device is even available with remote control data download!  You probably have boxes of perfectly good VHF collars lying around.  If you want to turn them into GPS collars just drop me a line.

Quintin

21 Gram GPS Deployed

Friday, August 8th, 2008

A few years ago we would have thought this was a crazy idea. Even now it does take some getting used to. We have GPS on wild birds and the GPS and battery only weigh 21 grams. In order to distribute the weight the battery is hanging like a necklace transmitter and the GPS is mounted like a backpack. The field biologist suggested it be done this way. I keep harping on the fact that it is the customers’ ideas that drive the applications. GPS tracking collars and backpacks only move forward because of the joint efforts of the biologists and telemetry companies. We are in this for the long haul, keep your ideas coming please.

We have a few other goodies up our sleeve now. In November you will find us at The Wildlife Society Meeting in Miami and we will be happy to show you these new, cutting edge devices. But you may have to ask to see it. The wildlife telemetry area is chock-a-block with competition and we want to keep them guessing.

Quintin Kermeen

Customer feedback leads to new features

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

We have been very pleased with the reception of our GPS Quantum collar.  It is selling well and to continue that trend we have begun to implement new features.  Currently we are concentrating on the additon of armor to prevent feral pigs from destroying any part of the collar.  We are making several modifications to make the Quantum 5000 tougher and better.  By the very nature of the fact that the pigs are low to the ground, some GPS collars can drag on the ground and this will wear out a plastic housing.  Our housing is low profile and aluminum but we are still adding a layer of armor to protect it there.  Pigs will also rub their necks on trees and depending upon how the GPS antenna is secured it can come off.  We are adding another level of armor at that point so that the pig will not get the chance to even rub the GPS antenna.  And rubbing their necks can damage collar material too.  A layer of Kevlar is added to prevent this.  We have two other changes that we are making, not related to armor.  One is to weld the threaded studs that come off of the collar where the belting is secured closed. No one needs to be in the field and find that the studs are not 100% secured in place.  Finally, to make a great fit to the pig’s neck we have added a curved insert at the bottom of the collar.  This will make everything nice and round so the collar won’t slip off.  If you have any ideas of your own that you believe can make GPS collars better please drop us a line.  Thank you, Quintin