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It looks like the technology that you used to be told was years away is here.

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


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