GPS for Burrowing Bettongs

A Burrowing Bettong GPS collar can weigh about 35 grams. For the collar, we use a tube with a cable tie inside. The tube makes a smooth surface and prevents the cable tie from getting smaller than you make it. We can use either a rechargeable or non-rechargeable battery.  Either can be reused.  For Burrowing Bettongs, it is possible to use either the Nano Enhanced GPS or the Small GPS, both of which come with the automatic, long-range data download.

How it works

This collar is made from a soft plastic tube with a cable tie inside. It is adjustable and reusable.

You set up your GPS schedule any way you like, this collar will give you up to 14 months battery life depending upon your GPS schedule. The GPS schedule is set by a wireless connection that you will establish using the base station. After deployment you can always change that schedule remotely if you like.

The base station is the key to the remote communication. The base station is fully automated. No computer or additional antenna is required, just the base station. When the base station is within range of the GPS collar all previously un-transmitted GPS data in the collar will copy over onto the base station.

The GPS collar memory will never fill up and all of the GPS data transmitted will also remain in the collars’ memory. The base station can be carried into the field or just left in the field. On a standard rechargeable battery, the base station will operate 24 hours per day for up to 5 days. With a 12 volt external battery powering a stationary base station the battery can be solar charged and the base station will not stop looking for GPS collars.

Several base stations can be used to create a network where data will always be downloaded remotely. You plug a USB cable into a laptop and the base station to download the data from the base station but in the second half of 2017 you won’t need a laptop, you will communicate with the base station using your phone or tablet. The wi-fi radio in your mobile device will communicate up to 300 meters away from the base station.


Standard Features

  • GPS data download remotely and automatically to base station
  • Smart GPS for more relevant data and longer battery life
  • Change your GPS schedule remotely
  • GPS additional time increases precision of GPS positions
  • On/off switch


  • Rechargeable battery
  • Drop off mechanism on some configurations
  • Activity data logger
  • VHF transmitter
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