SPOT-F tags provide highly accurate locations from tens of milliseconds of surface time. Until recently, Wildlife Computers Fastloc® tags have operated with a relatively large patch antenna, limiting their use to pinniped and sea turtle applications. With the recent advent of a smaller more efficient transmitter, a new line of Fastloc SPOT-F packages are available which incorporate a whip style antenna. Now species such as sharks, penguins, and dolphins can be tracked in much greater detail than ever before.
Fastloc fast-acquisition GPS technology takes a ‘snapshot’ of GPS satellite signals overhead when a tag breaches the water surface. The low-volume satellite information is then relayed back to the researcher via Argos with post-processed data accessible online.
- Customizable Fastloc snapshot collection and transmission schedule
- Independent At-Sea and Haul-Out transmit modes
- Pinger feature for radio tracking recovery
- Temperature and wet/dry summary data available
- Specialized shapes for a variety of applications
Below are the physical specifications of the SPOT-F. Numerous shapes are available with the same feature-set technology.
|Temperature sensor range||-40 to 60°C|
|Temperature sensor resolution||0.05°C|
|Temperature sensor accuracy||+/- 0.1°C|
|Pressure rating (m)||***|
|Operating temperature rating (°C)||-20 to 50°C|
|Recommended storage temperature range (°C)||-20 to 5°C|
|Memory||No archive memory|
|Maximum deployment length||***|
*** indicates the specification is dependent upon the configuration model
Data Products that can be transmitted:
- Tracking Data: Argos, Fastloc
- Haulout Behavior: %-Dry Timeline
- Temperature Profiles: Time-at-Temperature Histograms