Whenever 24/7 global coverage is needed and recovery might not be possible, the CATS Iridium system is the right choice. In contrast to other available systems, it provides excellent coverage around the globe using the Iridium® satellites.
CATS developed a system which interfaces with components of the CATS Diary to collect data through a choice of sensors, analyse it as needed and send pre-defined statistics to the CATS web portal for the user to access.
The CATS SatTag (CST) can be customized for avian, terrestrial and marine environments and even allows the user to remotely reprogram the onboard algorithms to change certain settings if necessary.
A whole suite of sensors is available to record and transmit data, including dive data, GPS locations and activity data as well as the option for solar charging to extend its lifespan. The solar-charged option allows long-term deployments over many years. Furthermore, all raw data is stored locally and can be downloaded manually in case the tag is recovered, enabling the user to run more detailed analyses.
The strength of the Iridium system is its 24/7 global coverage. Besides tracking an animal over extended periods of time, another powerful applications is a pop-off tag in form of the CATS Beacon (CB) to relocate other tracking devices (like the CATS Cam) after their release. The associated CATS web portal allows the user to view the data as soon as a transmission occurs. It also incorporates a programmable VHF, SWS and is rechargeable.
Whether it is utilized purely as a location-tracking device or as a highly sophisticated time-depth recorder, the CATS Iridium system will provide, as close to real-time as the programming allows, quick access to the pre-processed data from anywhere in the world onto your laptop, provided internet access is available.