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It’s been a funny day at the office.

Monday, August 18th, 2008

When I told my webmaster to add another page to the website to describe our new 2.5 gram GPS unit, The Quantum 4000 Enhanced, he protested because he thought I was joking. I wasn’t joking. I keep running into this objection, but I tell you folks, this is the real deal. As usual the device requires a battery and that adds weight but not much. We’re still under 10 grams with the battery, encapsulation, the whole enchilada. Want remote data transmission…..that’s another 3 grams please.

Ok, so we have a tiny GPS. Dollars to donuts a wildlife biologist calls me to request that we reduce it from 2.5 grams to 2 grams for their wildlife tracking project.

Quintin Kermeen

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

7 Different GPS Models Under 130 grams

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Why so many? What’s the difference? Answer: Wildlife biologists are a brilliant bunch. What suits one doesn’t suit the other. We are routinely asked to meet a specification that is a tweak away from what we already offer. Where there’s a will there’s a way. We recently had a request for a tortoise GPS with user replaceable batteries. Add that to the list, they shipped last week.

One of our small GPS collar models weighs in at 69 grams, another at 82 grams. Do we really need both? Absolutely. Biologist A needs a collar no more than 70 grams and biologist B can tolerate 80. The weight difference is due to our old friend the battery. Next stop in the collar category is currently 125 grams. But we can build several between 80 and 125 – ask and Ye shall receive.

Aside from our normal production models we are happy to entertain your unique application needs and come up with a solution. We’re also working on a few concept products that help to feed the creative engine at Telemetry Solutions. We’ll have these on display at our next conference appearance. Be sure to ask to see them.

Quintin

On the horizon

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Wildlife tracking, whether through the use of GPS collars or other tracking devices, continues to change.  But these days the changes are more frequent and represent bigger advances than during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.  Animal collars have almost all been enhanced by the addition of remote drop off mechanisms.  Battery technology is good but nothing really advanced has occured recently in the wildlife telemetry market with regard to battery technology.  So what’s the next big change going to be?  As end users it is up to you to make yourself heard.  I love to hear customers’ ideas for new products and additions to existing products.  As a matter of fact we are currently working on a product that was originally proposed by a customer.  It’s a …….ooops, a little too soon to talk about that one.  Stay tuned for more hints and keep those ideas coming, we love them.

Quintin

Wireless Data Transfer – From Collar to Hand Held Receiver

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Our new Quantum 5000 GPS collar is exceeding our expectations. Just a quick note about the remote control wireless data transfer. That is the data transmitted from the collar (on the study animal) to the receiver in your hands.

The data transfer rate is excellent. 4600 positions transferred in one minute, which is about 50% more than we predicted. The receiving antenna is just a short whip antenna. With no signal amplification our maximum ground to ground data transfer range has been over 6 km. There are three things that can be done to increase that range. Stay tuned for more information.

Quintin