If you’re looking for a reliable and proven technology for fast location acquisition, look no further than Fastloc®. With over 700 research publications and deployed on more than 3,000 tags, Fastloc technology is the most accepted and trusted option for acquiring location data in dynamic environments where satellite signals are only available for brief periods of time.
Fastloc technology uses a unique approach to acquire location data. When a tag on a marine animal breaks the water’s surface, it acquires a snapshot of signals from the GPS satellite constellation. The tag then uses onboard processing to produce a sub-millisecond “pseudo-range” for each satellite. This allows for precise location estimates that have a circular error of only 50 m.
Fastloc uses a proprietary algorithm called LocSolve to estimate the animal’s location. The algorithm uses the pseudo-ranges and time of reception to minimize the range residuals into a “least squares” solution. This results in a single point and time on the earth’s surface, providing accurate location data for researchers.
One of the biggest benefits of Fastloc technology is its minimal power consumption, which allows for use on the smallest, least invasive tags possible. Wildlife Computers uses Fastloc technology in many of its tags, making it an ideal solution for researchers looking to minimize the impact on marine life.
The latest version of Fastloc technology, Fastloc 4, offers even greater efficiency, reduced power consumption, and error estimates. With Fastloc 4, researchers can expect around 50% less power consumption and a 70% reduction in GPS snapshot acquisition time.
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