GPS/Argos Terrestrial Systems

TGW-4780, TGM-4580, TGM-4480 and TGM-4680
Four fully configured models designed specifically for terrestrial applications are shown.

Key Features

  • Lower current consumption provides a 100% increase in operational life or an increase in performance during that same operational time frame.
  • The newest GPS receiver technology provides faster time to fix.
  • Up to 24 positions per day can be recovered through Argos by using the innovative paging date protocol.
  • More flexible programming schedules available to the user.
  • Single printed wiring board construction and higher integration makes the electronics more rugged and increases reliability in high shock/vibration environments.
  • uGPSi 20 is supported by a GUI programming interface (TPP) making it possible for user to program their own systems and simulate the performance of the system prior to deployment.
  • The Telonics Data converter (TDC) provides complete data decoding of Argos DS files and supports complete memory downloading. TDC provides a standard csv output file (comma separated value) with time stamps for all data collected. TDC can be run in the "batch mode" for hands off operation.
  • TDC allows you to plot GPS fixes and Argos locations with Google Earth.
  • Shutdown with a small magnet allows users to turn each of these configurations "on" or "off".
  • Units can be refurbished to their original condition at the factory.


Configuration Dimensions L x W x H (in, cm) Canister Weight (g) Estimated Weight with Collar (g) 1 YR Operational Life 2 YR Operational Life
TGW-4480-3 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.0 x 4.5 x 3.5
210 416-582 2 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hrs every 5 days 5 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 8 hrs every 12 days
TGW-4483H-3 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.0 x 4.5 x 3.5
210 416-582 1 hr 30 min fix interval / Argos uplink 4 hrs every 3 days 5 hr 30 min fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hrs every 5 days
TGW-4583-3 2.9 x 2.3 x 2.0
7.4 x 5.8 x 5.1
340 700-1100 40 min fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hr every 2 days 1 hr 15 min fix interval / Argos uplink 8 hr every 12 days
TGW-4583H-3 2.9 x 2.3 x 2.0
7.4 x 5.8 x 5.1
340 700-1100 50 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hr every 2 days 1 hr 30 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 5 hr every 5 days
TGW-4680-3 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.25
8.3 x 7.0 x 5.7
625 1100-1200 20 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 8 hr every day 45 min fix interval / Argos uplink 7 hr every 2 days
TGW-4680H-3 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.25
8.3 x 7.0 x 5.7
625 1100-1200 25 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 12 hr every 2 days 1 hr 5 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hr every 2 days
TGW-4689H-3 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.25
8.3 x 7.0 x 5.7
625 1250-1400 25 minute fix interval / Argos uplink 12 hr every 2 days 1 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hr every 2 days
TGW-4780-3 4.25 x 2.7 x 2.3
10.9 x 6.9 x 5.8
875 1800-2000 15 min fix interval / Argos uplink 12 hrs every day 40 min fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hrs every day
TGW-4780H-3 4.25 x 2.7 x 2.3
10.9 x 6.9 x 5.8
875 1800-2000 15 min fix interval / Argos uplink 8 hrs every day 1 hr fix interval / Argos uplink 6 hrs every day

*These intervals were calculated on TPP using the following criteria : average environmental temperature of 25°C, expected average time to fix of 75 seconds, Pulse periods; successful GPS fix 1500ms, unsuccessful GPS fix 1000ms, and use scheduled GPS fixes to predict Argos satellite passes.

Specifications: Electronic and Packaging - GPS/Argos Show

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Legacy Products

This information on discontinued products is provided for individuals who are still using these older systems. Product descriptions may be time sensitive or even outdated. Please contact Telonics if you have questions.

Telonics supports these products as possible based on availability of parts, software, or other considerations; but no longer sells them new.

The following subsystems are obsolete and are not available to be refurbished:

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Service Commitment

Since 1970, Telonics has built a reputation based on product quality, product support, service, and customer satisfaction. Telonics strives to produce the highest quality products, and to support those products accordingly.

Because of extreme conditions and the unpredictable nature associated with most telemetry applications, problems occasionally arise. Most problems can be resolved quickly. In all cases, we hope to be able to work in partnership with users to resolve problems to the user's satisfaction and to uphold our demonstrated commitment to excellence. If problems should arise, all products must be returned to our factory for failure analysis.

Warranty: GEN 4 GPS Systems

Telonics warrants its GPS products to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date acquired. Telonics does not warrant batteries.

Telonics designs and manufactures systems for a variety of applications using several satellite systems (GPS, Argos, Iridium, and Globalstar). At the time of manufacturing, Telonics equipment is tested to verify compatibility with the applicable satellite system(s). Telonics does not warranty equipment against changes in satellite system specifications or satellite operation after the date your equipment was manufactured. Unforeseeable or unplanned system changes would include, but are not limited to, elevated ambient noise levels in the radio frequency bands used for satellite communications, elimination of service in a region of the world, data outages due to technical problems within the satellite system network, or reductions in data transfer capability due to alterations in the constellation as a result of premature space vehicle failures or failure to replace space vehicles in a timely manner.

If a defect occurs, return the equipment to us within the proper time frame at the following address: TELONICS, 932 E. IMPALA AVENUE, MESA AZ USA 85204-6699. The customer shall arrange for and pay all shipping, insurance and related charges incurred in the shipment to and from Telonics under this warranty. Damage to any equipment resulting from misuse, accidents, unauthorized service, extreme conditions, or other causes, is excluded from this warranty. Telonics does not assume responsibility for loss or damage to equipment during shipment. Telonics does not assume responsibility for delays resulting from shipment on commercial or private carriers. We insure all equipment shipped from our facility and suggest that shipments to Telonics also be insured.

Upon the timely return to our facility, if defective, the product will be replaced or repaired at our discretion at no cost to the customer. This remedy is the exclusive remedy. This product is supplied without any further warranties or conditions, expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability, quality or fitness for particular reason or those arising by laws, statutes or trade usage or course of dealing. The entire risk, as to the results and performance of the product, is assumed by the customer. Neither Telonics, nor its suppliers, shall have any liability to the customer or any other person or entity for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damage whatsoever, regardless whether Telonics has been told of the possibility of such damages or that such damages might be foreseeable. Telonics has no responsibility or liability for the claims of any third party. The maximum aggregate to the customer, of Telonics and its suppliers, shall not exceed the amount paid by the customer for the product.