The tracking of wildlife populations by radio telemetry technology has long been a staple of wildlife surveillance. Radio telemetry has been utilized to monitor wildlife population density, to track the survival of animals in field reintroduction programs, and to monitor the geographic location of wild animals carrying pathogens causing hazardous diseases that pose a threat to human health.
Radio telemetry using VHF signals have been the traditional means of surveillance since the 1960s. Over time, other radio telemetry technologies have been introduced, using newer technological innovations such as global positioning systems and satellites.
Although radio telemetry technologies have their advantages, they also have their disadvantages, particularly in remote field conditions. Some mobile systems are labor-intensive and weather-dependent.
Other mobile systems have limited ranges, require the use of costly components, or use components that may be accidentally dislodged or damaged by normal animal behavior such as scratching or biting.
In recent years, mobile data technology is fast becoming a common component of wildlife telemetry surveillance systems to accelerate the time-consuming and often cumbersome process of wildlife data acquisition and analysis.
In this type of mobile system, field scientists collect data and send it by smartphone or tablet computer to a central database. The data can then be collected and analyzed against previously stored data for more accurate analysis and mapping.
As mobile data acquisition technology continues to evolve, it is likely that more and more government agencies and scientific organizations will use mobile data acquisition as a more reliable, functional and accurate method of monitoring wildlife behavior and density.
For these organizations, adopting a mobile data acquisition system such as COMMANDmobile® has benefits for field data collection, transmission and analysis:
- Field data and photos are quickly transmitted via mobile devices or may be stored for later transmission if field transmission conditions are not optimal when the data is collected.
- Data can be easily geotagged to create highly accurate maps.
- Data entry forms may be customized to suit the data recording requirements of animal population surveys or other field activities.
- Field personnel need minimal training to utilize the COMMANDmobile system, reducing the necessity of costly and time-consuming training.
- Transmissions are encrypted and authenticated to ensure data security and integrity.
- COMMANDmobile’s customized data acquisition software can be easily integrated with existing enterprise software.
- After data analysis, field workers can be intelligently dispatched to remote areas requiring a higher level of surveillance.
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