BATS: Adaptive Ultra Low Power Sensor Network for Animal Tracking

Duda N, Nowak T, Hartmann M, Schadhauser M, Cassens B, Wägemann P, Nabeel M, Ripperger S, Herbst S, Meyer-Wegener K, Mayer F, Dressler F, Schröder-Preikschat W, Kapitza R, Robert J, Thielecke J, Weigel R, Kölpin A (2018)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2018


DOI: 10.3390/s18103343

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In this paper, the BATS project is presented which aims to track the behavior of bats via
an ultra-low power wireless sensor network. An overview about the whole project and its parts
like sensor node design, tracking grid and software infrastructure is given and the evaluation of the
project is shown. The BATS project includes a lightweight sensor node that is attached to bats and
combines multiple features. Communication among sensor nodes allows tracking of bat encounters.
Flight trajectories of individual tagged bats can be recorded at high spatial and temporal resolution
by a ground node grid. To increase the communication range the BATS project implemented a
long-range telemetry system to still receive sensor data outside the standard ground node network.
The whole system is designed with the common goal of ultra-low energy consumption while still
maintaining optimal measurement results. To this end, the system is designed in a flexible way and
is able to adapt its functionality according to the current situation. In this way it uses the energy
available on the sensor node as efficient as possible.

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Duda, N., Nowak, T., Hartmann, M., Schadhauser, M., Cassens, B., Wägemann, P.,... Kölpin, A. (2018). BATS: Adaptive Ultra Low Power Sensor Network for Animal Tracking. Sensors.


Duda, Niklas, et al. "BATS: Adaptive Ultra Low Power Sensor Network for Animal Tracking." Sensors (2018).

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