Current trackers are often uncomfortable for the animal, expensive, have limited battery life and require the animal to be retrieved in order to upload the data. A new low cost, much smaller and lighter, long-life tracker able to remotely send location and health data will greatly facilitate the research on endangered species such as the urban hedgehog, ultimately enabling ecologists to improve our chances of saving this and other precious species.
The project is working with the latest Internet of Things technologies to identify, build and test three solutions based respectively on Lorawan, long range Bluetooth, and Sigfox network technologies. The technology partners are offering their time for free, but piloting will involve expenses (equipment, assembly, field testing). The project will produce open source code trackers for use initially by the Royal Parks Foundation ecologists and in the future by others facing similar challenges.
All three technologies being tested have a role to play in future bio-tracking. Trackahog, in the short term, will help create sustainable urban colonies of hedgehogs. In the longer term, by developing and sharing open source code and the results of prototype testing (accuracy of geolocation, battery life, cost, weight, etc) the project will accelerate the adoption of these new technologies by the ecological community, and in turn greatly advance our ability to conserve many endangered species.
Royal Parks Foundation - Hedgehogs in Regents Park