Over the history of telemetry, many of the greatest advances have come in network technology. In the earliest days of tracking animals, John James Audubon tied a simple silver thread to the leg of a bird. Pre-network trackers, like bands, have a low probability of success and must be deployed in large volumes to increase the likelihood of recaptures. Adding wireless networks was a game changer for tracking capabilities. With the oldest electronic tracking technologies, such as VHF pingers, it is necessary to be physically in proximity to the subject in order to pick up the transmissions directly, and it is even more challenging to get a latitude/longitude position. In these cases, the biologist is the network. Later on, additional technologies were developed to make it easier to pick up these signals with more automated base station equipment, but the network was still limited by the biologist’s ability to purchase and manage infrastructure.
Cellular Tracking Technologies changed the world of telemetry when our founder, Michael Lanzone, invented the world’s first telemetry device that could connect directly to a cellular network. Over the past 11 years, the company has continued to innovate by bringing the newest capabilities to biologist built on top of this key innovation.
A Snowy Owl returns to cellular coverage after an arctic breeding season.
One of the best ways to increase the quality of your data is to increase the reach of your network, and by utilizing the global cellular network, your trackers can immediately get access to a network of 7 million base stations that each have a 50 to 70 kilometer range*. Cellular Tracking Technologies has developed unique partnerships with cellular carriers that allow our hardware to connect to networks in more than 170 countries. This capability allows you to gain an unparalleled network globally. Birds and other migratory animals do not understand the concepts of geopolitical boundaries, so we have worked tirelessly to develop a network that can follow your research subjects wherever they go.
Every Unit Has Its Own Internet Connection
Cellular Tracking Technologies prides itself in creating the world’s most advanced telemetry hardware, and an important part of that is making our hardware as Internet connected as possible. We use the same type of chips found in your cell phone to connect our trackers to the Internet, and this allows us to send back all of the high quality data that you need. Every one of our GPS-GSM devices can connect to the same type of cellular towers used by your phone, and this gives us amazing capabilities for managing these devices almost anywhere in the world.
We understand that the cellular network, despite its many advantages, is not the only network necessary to succeed on every project. By leveraging the worldwide coverage of the Argos satellite system, we can provide you with updates and data from your trackers almost anywhere on earth. While we cannot send back nearly as much data over this network, having the ability to follow the most important telemetry parameters such as location and activity from anywhere enables our best-in-class trackers to be deployed for a wider range of projects.
Extended Offline Data Collection
As an environmental researcher, you undoubtedly spend more time away from cellular networks than most, so you certainly understand the need to collect data regardless of connectivity. Cellular Tracking Technologies has built offline data collection capabilities into all of our devices. Every year as arctic nesting birds return from their breeding grounds, we get streams of thousands of data points coming in from each bird as they reconnect for the first time after months out of network. Our devices are built to store up to years of data between connections.