In 2012, Vectronic Aeropsace GmbH has become the official sponsor for EURODEER. Vectronic has always been aware of the EURODEER initiative and progress-through the long-term co-operation with many research groups joining EURODEER. Vectronic has decided to actively support activities and spatial database development and maintenance, showing to strongly believe in the scientific potentiality of animal-borne information, such that provided by their products. On top of this, Vectronic applies 10% discount on roe deer collars to all EURODEER members.
Vectronic Aerospace GmbH products for EURODEER, and beyond
Vectronic Aerospace GmbH develops and manufactures GPS collars, software, and sensor options for EURODEER projects and other wildlife research around the world. It was the first company in the world to release GPS-GSM collars for wildlife applications in the year 2000. Since then, its engineers have constantly improved their products: they keep up to date with wireless communication and other electronics, and stay in close contact with their customers to react on the needs of current research. GPS collars are not simply business for Vectronic, they want to offer reliable equipment for researchers with high performance and low impact on the animals. Vectronic sponsorship for EURODEER is a clear sign of the tight relationship with the scientific world.
For detailed information on Vectronic products for wildlife, and deployments please visit the company's website.
GPS collars: an overview
GPS PLUS collars are built on a modular concept that allows choosing a configuration which is best suited for the study. Users can choose between several communication and sensor options, seven different battery sizes, and suitable belt shape, width, and thickness. The belt is made of durable, UV- and water-resistant polyurethane. Due to its round edges it causes no or only a little irritation on the animal's neck. All antennas are integrated into the belt or the electronic housing. This prevents antennas from breaking or injuring the animal. Vectronic collars are designed to operate at the wide range of temperatures from - 40°C to + 70 °C. They are waterproof and can withstand even total immersion for several hours. To simplify the recovery of the collar, Vectronic offers additional drop-off mechanisms with radio and timer control, which are integrated into the battery pack to keep the collar more compact without unnecessary weak points. Battery packs and drop-offs can be exchanged in the field, so the collar can be easily re-deployed. Users are also welcome to send us the collar for a check-up, battery change, and refurbishment. If needed, Vectronic can change a roe deer collar into a wild boar collar - or even into a lion collar!
Vectronic offers two collar types, the cost sensitive GPS PRO Light and the highly flexible GPS PLUS. Both collars feature state-of-the-art GPS receivers and energy efficient electronics.
GPS PRO Light
The GPS PRO Light is a cost sensitive GPS-GSM collar without any compromises in quality, but rigorously designed to reduce the price for projects focusing on GPS analysis. It uses the same high sensitive GPS technology as all Vectronic collars and is configured with the powerful GPS PLUS software.
GPS PRO Light is equipped with GSM communication to download data and upload schedules and configurations via SMS. GPS positions are stored in the collar's non-volatile memory and automatically downloaded to a GSM ground station at users' office or at Vectronic. In case of low GSM coverage, data are resent when the collar is back in coverage area. Also, all data can be downloaded from the retrieved collar via cable. In addition to GSM, the VHF remote data communication option is available.
The GPS PLUS collar is the most flexible of the Vectronic GPS collars, offering a wide choice of sensor and communication options (VHF/UHF radio communication, GSM, Iridium and Globalstar). The radio communication system (VHF or UHF) enables users to download data in the field at any time and to re-programme the collar while it is still on the animal. GSM offers two-way communication to and from your office. For remote areas, there is the option of Iridium two-way or Globalstar one-way satellite communication. Combinations of GSM, Iridium, or Globalstar with VHF or UHF communications are available.
All GPS PLUS collars have the Virtual Fence (Geo Fencing) option. Collars equipped with UHF communication can also be used as part of the Proximity Sensor system (Interaction Monitoring). For more details see below.
Sensor options: more than just GPS positions
All collars can be equipped with activity, mortality and temperature sensors without adding weight or energy consumption.
Activity sensor plus Activity Pattern software: all Vectronic collars can be equipped with a three-axes acceleration sensor without adding weight or energy consumption. Activity can be stored in user-defined intervals in different modes. Fast access to the activity data is provided by the free PC based Activity Pattern software. Developed in close cooperation with researchers, this program uses methods currently used in the field of telemetry aided behavioural biology. It allows users to study basic activity patterns, but also to zoom into activity rhythms.
Virtual Fence (Geo Fencing): GPS PLUS collars offer interactive GPS positioning. GPS schedules can change automatically if an animal is in a certain area ("Virtual Fence"), and/or users can be informed via GSM or Iridium whenever the animal enters or leaves this area. This way users can focus on areas of interest and save energy in between.
Intelligent studies with Vectronic Aerospace GmbH External Sensors
Vectronic GPS PLUS collars provide information on GPS positions and activity of your study animals. Now GPS PLUS collars offer a new possibility for studying wildlife remotely: the GPS PLUS collar is able to monitor external sensors and send messages remotely about their status. Vectronic has developed sensors which use UHF technology to provide new data on birth, mortality, body temperature and interactions between different animals. Users can download the sensor data remotely with a UHF handheld terminal, receive sensor status messages via Iridium or GSM and even get a real time alert if your study animal gives birth or dies.
These external sensors can be used for:
- Instant mortality detection: Mortality Implant Transmitter
- Information about birth and calving sites: Vaginal Implant Transmitter
- Intergroup dynamics: Separation Sensor Application
- Mother-Offspring behaviour: Expandable Fawn Collar
- Species interaction: Proximity Sensor Application
For extended information on Vectronic External Sensors and Intelligent Applications, see here.