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New technology

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Over the holidays we installed a new and improved phone system in the office.  We anticipated that there would be some glitches so we set it up during that dead time between Christmas and New Years.  On the first day with the new system the phones basically did not work at all.    On the second day the phones worked but incoming calls all went straight to voice mail.  It has turned out to be a great system but it was frustrating getting it to work.  Then it occurred to me that this is how our customers  may feel sometimes.  There is a period of setting up all the software and hardware to work together and occasionally it requires the patience of Job.

However, in the past year we have made improvements to reduce these frustrations.  We have revised and improved the user manuals, started a FAQ section on the website, removed the password requirement from the software and manual download section of the website, improved the GPS antenna on the collars, improved and enhanced all product testing prior to shipping and made great improvements in our order forms for customized equipment.  There are several more things we did to make your life with our products easier but you get the picture.  Then, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, we have introduced a new activity data feature and the smart GPS feature.  Get your dialing finger ready boys and girls.  The difference between our experience with the phones and your experience with our products is that if you have a problem you can call (or Skype or email) and we help you right away………including weekends.

Quintin

Powerful benefit for you, new activity sensor added to our smallest GPS

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Not only will you know if the animal moved, you can set a threshold below which movement data is not recorded so that you are in complete control over what types of movement are logged into the GPS collars’ memory.  You will also know the intensity of the movement.  You may set the sampling rate from 4 times per second to one time every four seconds.   The activity programming is in your hands and is very flexible.

Interpreting the activity data output is made easy for you in 2 ways.  First, pre or post deployment you can connect your Quantum 4000 Enhanced GPS collar to your PC or laptop by USB cable and make various movements with the collar.  This allows you to observe, in real time, how the activity sensor indicates different movements.  Second, when connected by USB cable checking movement data in real time you will not only see the numerical output but you will also see the activity displayed in a graphical format.  Again, these are strictly to facilitate your understanding of how the outputs relate to the movements being made.

But you can also request x,y and z outputs and if you so desire we can tie the activity feature into the GPS functionality so that the GPS will not turn off is no movement is detected for some period of time before a scheduled GPS location.  For small collars with limited GPS battery life this is a great way to increase the lifetime (and therefore the data) that you can expect from a small GPS collar.

Image left, no activity....image right, intense activity

No activity vs. activity

Small GPS for birds

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I recently had an opportunity to travel to a bird research station located on an island in the western USA.  After inquiring about our Quantum 4000 Feather-Lite GPS units for birds, the biologists involved were kind enough to extend an invitation to their field site.  Keeping the GPS at or below 13 grams is the goal for the project.  We will use a solar panel to charge the power source for the GPS unit.

It was certainly refreshing to get out of the office for a change.  More information about these small GPS units will be available in September.  Quintin

Approaching the island Residents

Better antenna, better remote downloads

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Matt recently made a trip to Sequoia National Forest where he range tested various antennas for our wireless GPS remote data download system.  The results were impressive and we now offer an antenna for downloads that should increase the maximum data download range from your Quantum 4000 Enhanced GPS collars.   And it’s smaller too!  Here he is outside of our office using the new antenna.

Small data download antenna increases download range.

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