Wildlife Tracker Off For Worldwide Trials
22 April 2002
Christchurch electronics company SPEDA has
just shipped ten
wildlife-tracking devices for international evaluation and field trials
devices are the result of an intensive research
development project designed to help conservationists and wildlife experts
keep closer, yet less intrusive, tabs on animals.
Developed for Landcare's subsidiary,
Sirtrack Limited, the "DSP II
receiver" prototype was introduced to world markets late last year and
that interest has translated into worldwide field trials for the tracking,
tracing and receiving units.
existing systems, which need hardware modifications to
different animals on different frequencies, SPEDA's breakthrough
technology can be configured through a PC and set up to track 200
channels, or 200 different animals, with one unit.
The Foundation for Research,
Science and Technology assisted the research
with funding of $39,000, through Technology New Zealand's Technology for
Business Growth scheme.
SPEDA's Engineering Manager
Andrew Hunter says the Technology New Zealand
assistance underpinned the project and also resulted in SPEDA adding a
specialist to its staff to complete the project.
particular highlight for us has been the advancement of the
which gives us a head start in developing other products. This was the
first project that we have done in totality for a New Zealand client, from
concept to end product and it would have been impossible to fund the R&D
out of cash flow," says Mr Hunter.
Mr Hunter is
confident SPEDA's clever technology will
conservationists in what he believes to be the first move away from the
conventional tracking receiver systems.