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Where is wildlife telemetry headed?

In 1979 I worked at a company that made VHF transmitters for wildlife. That was about 20 years removed from the start of all of this wildlife telemetry business and even then people talked about “remember when.”   Everything had gotten so much smaller by the late 70s, it was impressive. Fast forward to 2008.  Wow, we made a small GPS data logger, the electronics only weighed 15 grams.  By 2009 the weight was down to 2.5 grams.  That was mostly just us getting better at what we do rather than some leap in technology.  Now we’re halfway through 2010 and our lightest GPS data logger electronics (without battery) weighs only 1.3 grams.

But where is this taking us?  What else can we do?  There isn’t much more room for weight reduction.  I think that the direction we are headed in is more sensors that will work in conjunction with the GPS and more automated data collection systems even on the lightest devices.  Where do you want this technology to be in another year? Think about it and let me know.

Quintin


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