Hi I'm Helen, I'm an IT project manager who grew up in Africa and is passionate about learning about tech in the wild, a dream would be to manage tech projects in the field one day
Hi everyone! Jes from Vulcan here. I’m the program manager for EarthRanger, formerly known as DAS.
Hi Stephanie, Thanks for this 2nd meetUp.Hi everyone, Albin from ZEPHYR SOLAR (solar balloons for wildife applications)
Hi, I am Christian from the International Bio-Logging Society. Nice to 'meet' you all!
Hi Steph and others! I´m Marcelo from Brazil and we have been tracking pink river dolphin in the Amazon in Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru.
Hi Everyone, I'm Jake Levenson, a Marine Biologist at the U.S. Department of Interior and the Director of a small NGO known as oceans forward. In both my roles, I do a lot to advance open source conservation solutions.
Hi, I'm a Senior GIS Analyst with the RSPB, and manager of the WILDLABS GIS Group. Maps are amaaazing.
Hi, I'm Yvan, a seabird researcher in the Jodice lab at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. Our lab studies seabird spatial ecology in the Gulf of Mexico, South East US and Caribbean.
Hi everyone, I’m a TV producer from the UK and I’m interested in advances in bio logging tech and how we can use it to educate TV audiences about animals.
Hi, im Nicole Becher, information security researcher in NYC who is very interested in the development and secure deployment of wildlife tracking technology
Hi all, I am Pascal - physicist and software / instrumentation developer. Recently submitted my PhD thesis with UTas/CSIRO on monitoring bees using RFID.
Hi Wildlabs folks, I'm Chloe, a PhD student based at Aarhus University, Denmark. I work with passive acoustics and sometimes tag toothed whales, and am interested in hearing about applied conservation today. Cheers
Hi all, I'm Stan Rullman and I am the Research Director for Earthwatch Institute- based in Boston, Massachusetts, but supporting research around the world.
I'm working with ConservationFIT, Footprint Identification Technique for snow leopard, cheetah, and jaguar. I'm coordinating the development of the algorithms with AZA Species Survival Plans for these species in zoos. They submit footprint photos of their animals and once the algorithms are developed, wildlife researchers will be able to submit photos taken in the wild and identify species, sex, age, and individuals.
Hello, I am Virginie, product manager at XeriusTracking. Glad to be here !!! Let's start sharing about wildlife conservation solutions !
Howdy, I’m a Data Scientist, living in Cape Town, previously from the tech/internet industry and keen to move into conservation tech.
Hi, I'm Mikheil Potskhishvili, working for international nature conservation organisation: Fauna and Flora International caucaus office as a conservation officer.
Hello I am Joachim Neff working on the development of a wildlife tracker targeted at persecution detection. I started on the basis of raptors in Scotland but I have realised that there is so much to track and protect further afield. So I am curious to find out more about the current activities and developments elsewhere on wildlife tracking.
More info about their society - https://www.bio-logging.net/
Interesting - we’ve also got a substantial subset of early career members. I’ve been wondering if we should be supporting them to connect to each other specifically.
Data standards - this is coming up a lot around ML and in the virtual meet up discussions (@Jes for one was interested in this element). This (I imagine) will be part of the next meet up which is about big data
Good morning from Montana. I am Kristy Bly, Senior Wildlife Conservation Biologist for the World Wildlife Fund US. I recover populations of the endangered black-footed ferret, a burrow dwelling, nocturnal species and am looking forward to learning about tracking technology that might be useful for increasing our ability to track them.
More on icarus: https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/case-studies/spacewalk-icarus
^ Thanks Steph, ICARUS is exciting! Hadn't seen the WILDLABS case study - this is very helpful.
I believe Icarus is running a test run of their tags on large mammals in Namibia in collaboration with IZW
Ah! Good to know. There were lots of questions in the registrations about icarus
13g and video capability? That is amazing.
Hi Chris, how does your VHF tag compare to the nanotag/sensorgnome/Motus network used in the Americas? https://www.birdscanada.org/research/motus/
Hi Yvan! Will call on you to ask this in the discussion?
So this topic (real time antipoaching + sensors) was discussed in the last meet up with our speakers. More here: https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/community-announcements/wildlabs-virtual-meetup-recording-networked-sensors-security-and
This is also exactly what we at Vulcan are working on. Would love to chat more.
Also something we're discussing with NASA partners for microsats
I don't have a microphone, sorry...
What is he email again please?
Ok, thanks CHris
No problem! And his website is www.bio-logging.net
Oh this slide reminds me of Yvan’s thread - might be of interest to people here. He’s started a repository of 3d models for tracking devices: https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/449
100km? That’s amazing.
Wait, how do you gett 100km if that's not LOS.....
How do you get 100km on a ground station? Or is that space based?
You might get 100KM LOS from birds at altitude, migrating perhaps?
Virginie’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right, that makes sense
Can't see the slides
Hang tight, talia is on it
If anyone else has trouble seeing slides please try signing off and back on again, that usually fixes it
More info on Jake’s NASA/BOEM challenge: https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/funding-opportunities/next-generation-animal-tracking-ideation-challenge
The balloons always make me think of you @Albin - there’s an ongoing discussion about areal platforms for wildlife tracking here: https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/567
@Jacob Did you hear about ICARUS Initiative ? A German (Max Plank) and Russian telemetry system embedded in ISS. More info is available on icariusinitiative.org
Great question, Steph!
@stephanie, thanks for you thought :)
I do know of ICARUS but would love to find out more of course. Have not had a chance to speak with anyone directly involved.
Thanks all 👋
Jacob, any insight on to how significant the SpaceX (Starlink) constellation could be for conservation? A low latency, high bandwidth connection seems like it would enable a lot of applications, especially involving image recognition, but the ground station hardware sounds potentially complex. (No microphone, sorry!)
Hi Jake, you should speak to Martin Wikelski, who is leading the ICARUS project. Best, Christian
Thanks all, especially the speakers and Stephanie!
Martin is part of WILDLABS as well, he can be contacted through his profile: https://www.wildlabs.net/users/martinwikelski
Will these chipsets be available to open-source?
Rob! You’ve been shockingly quiet.. we thought you didn’t make it :)
I am soooooo stupid...I thought it was starting now!!!!
Could not agree more that open standards and ideally open source reference implementations are the way to go.
Seriously, I don't even know how I am alive still...
no robert - that should be ARGOS!!
Glad you could join now Rob!
We’ll make sure to follow-up so anyone who missed parts can stay in the loop
Ok that's awesome!
you can have a look at the IZW cheetah project facebook page to see how small the ICARUS tags are compared to ungulates hears!!
has anyone considered attaching receivers to planes?
@ Stephanie - This one? https://www.facebook.com/1480588225583770/photos/pcb.1926135417695713/1926126154363306/?type=3&theater
Yes this one Stephanie
@rob - as in commercial planes?
and this one https://www.facebook.com/1480588225583770/photos/pcb.1926135417695713/1926126001029988/?type=3&theater
Yep! I can't see why we don't try and take advantage of everything in the air...
Ah! Thanks Stephanie!
Smithsonian has an elephant tracking project
that uses commercial aircraft
@rob, isn’t part of the issue that there is specific flight paths, not full coverage?
although I haven't gotten a hold of the actual person overseeing the project
Jlevenson@mac.com is the best way to find me
Jake do you know where we could find updates on that project? The info I saw online looked pretty outdated
On the NASA project?
The Smithsonian elephant tracking one
ahhh...I had heard of something being trialled but hadn't seen much follow up. Thanks Jacob
Yea, I don't know! I've been traying to track down someone with no luck
Would love to find out
Got it me too
okay, let’s have that as a follow up.
you can find more info on the processes of uplink and sending dat for ICARUS here: https://icarusinitiative.org/sites/default/files/ICARUS_Flyer.pdf
Ah, thanks Stephanie!
Sorry Everyone, got to go.@Stephanie @Jacob @Chris @Virginie thanks for your awesome pres'@Everyone if you want to know a little more about solar balloon for wildlife activity, email@example.com or https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/567All the best
Some great points Virginie!
Thanks for joining Albin!
bye Rob :)
Virginie, will the chipsets for your system be open-source or available in other ways (commercially for example)?
According to https://icarusinitiative.org/sites/default/files/ICARUS_Flyer.pdf, a single ICARUS antenna covers 1300 km radius, that is around 0.3% of the earth's surface (or, at the equator, max ca 3% of the earth's circumference). Thus, it is not very likely to provide continuous coverage, even with multiple satellites deployed.
Thanks to the speakers and Stephanie! Have to run!
Thanks for coming Karin!
... should have added that this is instantaneous coverage.
ah so terrestrial GPS! Noice!
I missed that bit: Who is developing the ARGUS chipset?
Was that what I mentioned?
It was a response to a challenge Argos put out
I think so - that's what you get for doing quick calculations while listening... ;-)
Alasdair davies is leading on it - I don’t know the status but will follow up with him in the discussion on wildlabs. You can get in touch with him here - https://www.wildlabs.net/users/alasdair
Thanks! Just noticed he is heavily involved in AudioMoth as well...
so, my big thing is I don't want to waste time/money/effort building things that are better-built by other people, especially if the technology is cost-effective etc. I'd rather spend time working on other areas that can compliment it...what do companies like Virginie's need other people helping to work on?
ANSEM, the chipset is called ARTIC
Yeah Al is - he’s got a Shuttleworth fellowship that is literally allowing him to dedicate all his time to open source technology
@Virginie: Found it. Thanks!
Oh good question rob.
@Stephanie: That is wonderful.
More than 20 years of experience in harsh environment technologies, that's help to help ;-) !
More on Alasdair’s wor: http://blog.arribada.org/
that's a fantastic idea Christian! If I could go to WILDLABS for example and see wha't been made, and at what stage of development, and even where knowledge gaps are etc., I could sleep better
can I ask about power solutions...what are we looking at needing/having in the future?
Thank you to the speakers and all involved, lots of food for thought!
Thanks so much everyone for joining!
More info on the series here: https://www.wildlabs.net/virtual-meetups
Thanks everyone - looking forward to that inventory :-)
thx for all the sharing!!!
Next event is on BIG DATA IN CONSERVATION, 12th December
Great stuff. Thanks everyone!
Thanks to all!
Again you can find out more about Xerius tech here: @XeriusTracking and firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for organising, Stephanie!
Thanks to everybody…
Thank you for the talks!