GPS/Iridium Terrestrial Systems

TGW-4570-4 GPS/Iridium system
TGW-4570-4 GPS/Iridium collar system

Telonics is pleased to announce a new generation of Iridium/GPS solutions that can be used to track and obtain biologically significant data from terrestrial mammals anywhere in the world. This new product line is smaller, lighter and can include any or all of these options: Geofencing, mortality, activity, temperature, and/or QFP-GPS technologies. The end user can remotely modify parameters for each of these areas: Temperature, Activity, VHF, GPS and Iridium schedules depending on the project requirements.

Click on the model number to view additional details regarding each new model.

Models

Operational life estimates for all models shown below are examples calculated by Telonics Product Programmer (TPP) using the following parameters: average environmental temperature of 25°C, expected average time to fix of 75 seconds, successful GPS fix pulse period of 1500 ms, and unsuccessful GPS fix pulse period of 1000 ms. Average time to QFP is 15 seconds. Some VHF duty cycling may be required to achieve the two year operational life estimates. For the TGW-4270-4, VHF is on 8 hours per week at 40 BPM.

GPS/Iridium systems can be configured to meet most study requirements. Please contact Telonics for details.

Cost estimates assume Iridium data will be delivered to a dedicated email account such as Gmail. Data hosting is also available for an additional $5 a month per transmitter, which eliminates the need for a dedicated email account.

There is also a one time $40.00 activation fee per transmitter.

► NEW 4x7x-4 Series - Systems with Geofencing and Auxillary Schedules, CR-5 compatible

Configuration Separate
VHF
Battery
Dimensions
L x W x H
(in, cm)
Weight (g) Life Estimates with Daily Iridium Data Uplink
1 Year Life GPS2 Year Life GPS 1 Year Life QFP2 Year Life QFP
Canisterw/ Collar Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
TGW-4277-4   2.25 x 1.39 x 1.06
5.7 x 3.5 x 2.7
113 220 230 min $10.00 730 min $10.00 70 min $24.00 180 min $13.50
TGW-4477-4 X 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.06 x 4.57 x 3.6
180 360-515 80 min $12.50 185 min $10.00 30 min $55.00 65 min $26.50
TGW-4577-4 X 2.7 x 2.0 x 1.4
6.85 x 5.1 x 3.6
249 490-710 35 min $13.50 70 min $12.50 Contact Telonics 30 min $55.00
TGW-4579-4
TGW-4677-4 X 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.25
8.3 x 7.0 x 5.7
536 904 15 min $21.00 35 min $13.50 Contact Telonics Contact Telonics
TGW-4679-4

** TGW-4579-4 and TGW-4679-4 have Salt Water Switch capability

► NEW 4x7x-4 Series - Systems without Geofencing and Auxillary Schedules

Configuration Separate
VHF
Battery
Dimensions
L x W x H
(in, cm)
Weight (g) Life Estimates with Daily Iridium Data Uplink
1 Year Life GPS2 Year Life GPS 1 Year Life QFP2 Year Life QFP
Canisterw/ Collar Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
TGW-4170-4   2.1 x 1.26 x 1.1
5.3 x 3.2 x 2.8
102 ~120 n/a n/a n/a n/a 180 min $13.50 420 min $10.00
TGW-4270-4   2.25 x 1.39 x 1.06
5.7 x 3.5 x 2.7
113 220 230 min $10.00 730 min $10.00 70 min $24.00 180 min $13.50
TGW-4470-4 X 2.78 x 1.8 x 1.42
7.06 x 4.57 x 3.6
180 360-515 80 min $12.50 185 min $10.00 30 min $55.00 65 min $26.50
TGW-4570-4 X 2.7 x 2.0 x 1.4
6.85 x 5.1 x 3.6
249 490-710 35 min $13.50 70 min $12.50 Contact Telonics 30 min $55.00
TGW-4670-4 X 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.25
8.3 x 7.0 x 5.7
536 904 15 min $21.00 35 min $13.50 Contact Telonics Contact Telonics

► NEW - Systems With Replaceable Battery

Configuration Separate
VHF
Battery
Dimensions
L x W x H
(in, cm)
Weight (g) Life Estimates with Daily Iridium Data Uplink
1 Year Life GPS2 Year Life GPS 1 Year Life QFP2 Year Life QFP
Canisterw/ Collar Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
Fix
Interval
Monthly
Service Fee
TGWR-4570-4   2.7 x 2.0 x 1.4
6.85 x 5.1 x 3.6
249 490-710 60 min $13.50 120 min $12.50 Contact Telonics 30 min $55.00
TGWR-4577-4   2.7 x 2.0 x 1.4
6.85 x 5.1 x 3.6
249 490-710 60 min $13.50 120 min $12.50 Contact Telonics 30 min $55.00

The TGWR-4577-4 features geofencing and auxillary schedules while the TGWR-4570-4 does not.

Controlling Data Acquisition and Transmission Using Geofencing

A geofence can be described as a virtual boundary around a physical geographical space, defined by a set of coordinates surrounding an area. Geofences may be established and maintained by a range of GPS-enabled devices including smartphones and devices designed for commercial applications like trucking and farming. Geofencing has also proven to be a useful tool for many animal tracking studies.

Although different animal telemetry manufacturers implement geofencing features in different ways, there are basic similarities in that geofencing is a mechanism that allows one or more geographical areas to be defined and provides customized data acquisition and transmission behavior based on whether the study subject is in "inside" or "outside" the geofence(s). A study subject is considered "inside" when inside any defined geofence, and is considered "outside" when outside all defined geofences.

Note that the speed of detecting that an animal has crossed a boundary and is now in or out of a geofenced area will depend on how much time has elapsed between crossing the boundary and acquisition of the next GPS position. Therefore the rate at which fix attempts are scheduled directly influences the time it will take the unit to detect boundary transitions. Also note that since QFP-GPS data do not provide a resolved position until post processing has occurred, acquisition of QFP-GPS data cannot contribute to the detection of boundary transitions.

  • Telonics GPS/Iridium systems can support many geofenced areas, which may overlap. Multiple geofence types are available to establish area(s) of special interest:
    • Rectangle - upper left and lower right coordinates are specified.
    • Circle - center point and radius are specified.
    • Polygon - Up to 50 points may be specified. Polygons may be concave or convex, and may be "closed" (last point and first point are the same), or "open" (first point and last point are not the same).
  • Separate Inside and Outside schedule sets are provided to control:
    • Acquisition for QFP-GPS, GPS, underwater, activity, and temperature data
    • VHF Beacon transmissions
    • Iridium transmission behavior specified by date range: transmission interval, transmission retry delay, and message expiration

Controlling Data Acquisition and Transmission Using Auxiliary Schedule Sets

Iridium SBD (Short Burst Data service) is a two-way messaging system. Information can be recovered from and also sent to an Iridium system deployed in the field. The simplest use of the two-way capability is the acknowledgement of message data received from a system in the field to assure that the deployed system can stop sending old data and proceed to send newer data. In more sophisticated Iridium systems, other messages can be sent to the deployed unit. Telonics GPS/Iridium systems take advantage of the two-way communications to alter the behavior of the system in the field, as specified by the researcher.

Auxiliary schedules are created in TPP, and can be programmed into the unit prior to deployment. TPP can then send email to Iridium to instruct the deployed unit to switch schedules. The unit will then switch schedule sets the next time it connects to the Iridium network, which typically happens on a daily basis. In addition to the default schedule set, which controls all data acquisition and transmit behaviors, 1 to 3 Auxiliary schedule sets may be programmed into the unit. Auxiliary schedule sets are useful for increasing or decreasing the intensity of data collection and/or data transmission. Auxiliary schedule sets are also useful for adjusting the VHF beacon duty cycle to save energy when there are no plans to be out in the field monitoring units with a VHF receiver.

  • Auxiliary schedules provide the capability to control:
    • Acquisition of QFP-GPS, GPS, underwater, activity, and temperature data
    • VHF Beacon transmissions
    • Iridium transmission behavior specified by date range: transmission interval, transmission retry delay, and message expiration
  • GPS/Iridium systems can be directed to execute an Auxiliary schedule (or return to the default schedule) by sending commands over the Iridium data link.
  • Commands to GPS/Iridium systems are sent via email using TPP. Internet connectivity and an email provider are required.
  • After receiving a schedule change command, GPS/Iridium systems will switch to the specified schedule immediately and will continue to execute that schedule until directed to do otherwise.

Specifications: Electronic and Packaging - GPS/Iridium

TGW-xxxx Terrestrial Wildlife Configurations

General System Specifications

Timing AccuracyTiming is synchronized to GPS time when available. If the GPS time is not then internal timing accuracy is:
6 min/year at 25° C
30 min/yr -20 to +40° C
47 min/yr -40 to +70° C
Available SensorsMortality, Activity, Temperature, Low Voltage
Memory CapacityCapable of storing 100K fixes in nonvolatile flash memory in association with other sensor data.

GPS Receiver Specifications

Performance-163 dBm tracking sensitivity -147 dBm acquisition sensitivity
DatumWGS-84
Time to First Fix (TTFF)35sec typical (with clear view of sky)
Quick Fix Pseudoranging (QFP) 3 sec typical (with clear view of sky)

Iridium Transmitter Module Specifications

GeneralFCC ID Q639603N
Industry Canada ID 4629A-9603N
Frequency Range 1616-1626.5 MHz.
Applicable FCC Rules CFR Title 47, parts 2, 15, and 25
Power Output 1.0 w (average)
Mechanical/EnvironmentalOperating Temperature Range -40 to +60 °C
Iridium Antenna SpecificationsIn collar-mounted wildlife configurations the Iridium antenna is mounted on the dorsal surface of the neck. The antenna is installed in a high impact nonconductive plastic housing. The form of the housing presents sloping sides so that it will be impervious to chewing and gnawing as is possible. A highly armored antenna cable connects the antenna to the instrument package.

VHF Transmitter Component Specifications

OPERATION INTERLOCK: All elements of the VHF transmitter component are forced off whenever the Iridium transmitter module is on. This interlock device forcibly prevents simultaneous operation of the two transmitters, thus they are not considered to be co-located under FCC regulations.

Available Frequency OptionsOption 702 134-139 MHz
Option 705 140-154 MHz
Option 707 146-160 MHz
Option 715 156-172 MHz
Option 720 160-177 MHz
Option 740 174-192 MHz
Option 750 191-210 MHz
Option 760 210-237 MHz

Note: The frequency can be programmed in 100 Hz steps within a given frequency range.
Frequency StabilityBetter than ±3 ppm at room temperature;
±5 ppm total tolerance over full temperature range
Operating Temperature-40° to + 70° C
Pulse WidthProgrammable (10 to 250 msec)
Pulse PeriodProgrammable (560 to 5000 msec)
5 separate pulse period values selectable:
Period 1 (indicates last GPS fix successful)
Period 2 (indicates last GPS fix QFP-GPS, if equipped)
Period 3 (indicates last GPS fix unsuccessful)
Mortality period (if no motion for selected time)
Dead Battery period
Available SensorsMortality Sensor (parameters are user programmable)
Transmitter TimingProgrammable seasons and duty cycles.
Power OutputProgrammable Low/Medium/High power. Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) varies, depending on packaging, antenna configuration, and immediate environmental conditions.
* California Users: This transmitter meets the California requirement of EIRP <0.009 W for all configurations.
Emission Designator2k00P0N
Harmonic SuppressionBetter than 30 dB (>40 dB typical)
Spurious Emissions<-35 dBc at 10 kHz offset from carrier
FrequencyAging: <2 ppm/yr
Shock: <1 ppm 3000 g x 0.3 ms x ½ sine x 3 dir
VSWRRF output stable to 10:1 VSWR, all phases
Radiated harmonic levels are degraded with poor load VSWR.
Spurious emission specification maintained for >10:1 VSWR
ProgrammingTransmitter parameters programmable via antenna "1-pin" interface and Telonics TPP PC software.

Packing/Housing Specifications

Hermetic Metal CanistersElectronics are sealed in hermetic metal canisters containing the electronics, batteries, and all interconnects. Glass to metal feed-thru technology is used to exit antennas and power. This packing is hermetic and can be tested utilizing a helium leak bomb test for hermeticity to assure < 1 part in 106 atmospheric CC per second.

Collar Specifications

Collared DesignsCollar designs are species specific.

Notice to United States Users

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesirable operation.

The user is cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by Telonics could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

This device contains FCC ID: Q639603N

To satisfy FCC RF Exposure requirements for mobile and base station transmission devices, a separation distance of 20cm or more should be maintained between the antenna of this device and persons during operation. To ensure compliance, operation at closer than this distance is not recommended.

Notice to Canadian Users

Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter may only operate using the antenna integrated into the device.

This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

This device contains IC ID: 4629A-9603N

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Legacy Products

The information below is provided for individuals who are still deploying these older systems. Some of the system information or limitations, information on frequency allocation or usage, and/or comments made on "state of the art" may be time sensitive or even outdated. Please contact Telonics if you have any questions about the information provided in this section.

Telonics still supports and refurbishes the following products but no longer sells them new:

Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations

Telonics, Inc. ships all systems containing lithium batteries in accordance with United Nation and US Federal regulations for shipping hazardous materials.

49 Code of Federal Regulations
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e8334217c2c8d081457a5156872ad037&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title49/49cfrv2_02.tpl#0

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (current year)

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.