RadioTag-14 is world's most advanced telemetry logger with radio download.
As you know (or as you will find out soon), capturing animals is difficult enough, especially birds. Recapturing, which was needed in case of legacy telemetry devices without radio download, is much harder. Main reasons for that are as following:
RadioTag-14 has automatic radio download feature. When animal carrying the device comes in range of base station, data from logger will be downloaded automatically and stored in base station. User may download data from base station to PC using USB cable at any convenient moment. Base station can be left at e.g. bird colony and operate autonomously or be carried by the operator.
Radio download in all cases is very convenient feature and in some cases it's only viable option.
Downloading range in line-of-sight (no obstacles between base station and logger) : 5 kilometers (3.10 miles)
Please note that this is our standard testing range and all units are tested on this range. We have reports of successful downloads from greater distances.
RadioTag-14 is first wirelessly downloadable tag capable of collecting so many types of data:
General rule is that telemetry device weight should not exceed 3% of birds weight (of course there are some exceptions). Because of that, every gram of telemetry device matters. We kept that in mind when designing RadioTag-14.
Sometimes you need to capture high-frequency bursts of data. For example:
RadioTag-14 allows you to capture high-frequency bursts from accelerometer and gyroscope:
During collecting high frequency burst from accelerometer / gyroscope, you can also collect additional information with 1Hz frequency (1 record per second). Those additional records may include:
Of course, you can choose to collect all above data in a single burst. For example, it's entirely possible to collect burst with following contents: all axes from accelerometer collected with frequency of 50 Hz, all axes from gyroscope collected with 50 Hz, temperature collected with 1 Hz, pressure collected with 1 Hz, all axes from magnetometer collected with frequency of 1 Hz.
Burst duration (how much time one burst takes) and interval (how much time between bursts) are user-configurable.
Our “Quick Start” video is only 32 minutes long. It explains everything needed to start capturing data and download it afterwards. RadioTag allows you to focus on your research.
We know that software should be as simple and user-friendly as possible. In the field, you won't have time for studying puzzling interfaces. Keeping this in mind, we design our applications to be straightforward and minimize chances for human mistake.
Software has feature for quickly plotting gathered data. This allows you to browse your data in the field and verify that everything is going as planned. Now you don't need to manually read data file, you can have quick look at the plot and assess the situation.
Solar charging technology is much improved in RadioTag. When comparing to traditional solar chargers, RadioTag has following advantages:
Radio link utilizes frequency hopping. It means that during transmission, base station and logger rapidly switch communication frequency (many times per second). This method of transmission was first widely used on the battlefields, to increase robustness and privacy of communications. In telemetry system it greatly improves resistance against external interference (power transmission lines, wifi networks, cellular networks and other radio systems). Military-grade communication system at your service.
We have tested some competing devices which are currently on the market. RadioTag-14 has about 100 times faster wireless data transfer (see chart on the right). Main benefits of such fast data transfer are as following:
Important hardware components, such as CPU or data memory were choosen without any compromise about quality. They are all at least Industrial Grade, which means that chance of malfunction is much lower than if we were using popular Consumer Grade parts.
Each logger has 1.7 GB data memory. It can hold 30 millions of basic records (each basic record has timestamp, GPS coordinates, current values of all sensors and some additional statistics about logger). This is overwhelmingly more memory than most projects need. Even projects studying migrating birds very rarely need more than 30 thousands of positions per year. Such big memory is useful when e.g. you are researching migrating birds, but after one year, your birds did not come to the same location or did not return at all. When they come back after 2 or more years, loggers will be still collecting and storing data.
Short answer is: It depends on light conditions, but in many typical scenarios it can operate indefinitely.
Longer answer is below:
This question cannot be reliably answered with one number. Some vendors say something like this: “Ignoring solar charger and assuming perfect GPS conditions, our logger can collect X GPS positions”. Vendors use number of GPS positions, because GPS is main consumer of energy. We could have given such number too, and in case of this logger, number X would be about 600 positions. However, this number is worthless for the user. Why? Firstly, this logger has solar charger, so as you will see below, there is no point in neglecting that fact. Secondly, “perfect GPS conditions” almost never happen in the real world.
RadioTag-14 has very efficient solar panels. They have high impact on the amount of collected data, for example:
We provide various enclosures types. One the picture on the right, you can see most popular enclosure variant: 3-point attachment one.
Loggers come in white color by default. For many species that's perfectly OK, but in some cases it may make animal more visible for predators. For such situations, you can choose different color: e.g. olive green or brown. Loggers are painted using non-reflective paint, used by military for camouflage purposes.There are many colors available so please contact us if you have special requirements in that matter.
Around 80% of our development is driven by customers’ suggestions. Important examples of customer-inspired features in this logger are:
|RadioTag-14 Logger Full Version||1200 EUR||Logger with all sensors & features, as described on this page.|
|RadioTag-14 Logger Basic Version||1000 EUR||Same logger as Full Version, but without following sensors: pressure, gyroscope, magnetometer. High frequency burst registration is limited to accelerometer only. All other features described on this page are present.|
|RadioTag-14 Base Station||1000 EUR||Base station is required for remote data download from loggers. Single base station may handle up to 100 loggers. Single base station may work with loggers of both versions (full version and basic version).|
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