From Radio Telemetry to Ultra-Low Power Sensor Networks - Tracking Bats in the Wild

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Dressler F, Ripperger S, Hierold M, Nowak T, Eibel C, Cassens B, Mayer F, Meyer-Wegener K, Kölpin A
Journal: IEEE Communications Magazine
Publisher: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 54
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 129-135
ISSN: 0163-6804
Language: English


Sensor networks have successfully been used for wildlife monitoring and tracking of different species. When it comes to small animals such as smaller birds, mammals, or even insects, the current approach is to use extremely lightweight RF tags located using radio telemetry. A new quantum leap in technology is needed to overcome this limitation and enable new ways to observe larger numbers of small animals. In an interdisciplinary team, we are working on the different aspects of such a new technology. In particular, we report on our findings on a sensor-network-based tracking solution for bats. Our system is based on integrated localization and wireless communication protocols for ultra-low-power systems. This requires coding techniques for improved reliability as well as ranging solutions for tracking hunting bats. We address the technological and methodical problems related to system design, software support, and protocol design. First field experiments have been conducted that showcase the capabilities of our system.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Eibel, Christopher
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 4 (Verteilte Systeme und Betriebssysteme)
Hierold, Martin
Lehrstuhl für Technische Elektronik
Kölpin, Alexander PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Technische Elektronik
Meyer-Wegener, Klaus Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Chair for Computer Science 6 (Data Management)
Nowak, Thorsten
Lehrstuhl für Informationstechnik mit dem Schwerpunkt Kommunikationselektronik (Stiftungslehrstuhl)

External institutions with authors

Technische Universität Braunschweig

How to cite

Dressler, F., Ripperger, S., Hierold, M., Nowak, T., Eibel, C., Cassens, B.,... Kölpin, A. (2016). From Radio Telemetry to Ultra-Low Power Sensor Networks - Tracking Bats in the Wild. IEEE Communications Magazine, 54(1), 129-135.

Dressler, Falko, et al. "From Radio Telemetry to Ultra-Low Power Sensor Networks - Tracking Bats in the Wild." IEEE Communications Magazine 54.1 (2016): 129-135.


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