Microwave Telemetry selects Telenor Connexion for global wildlife tracking

Birdtracking Bald Eagle, Photo: Lance Jordan Birdtracking Bald Eagle, Photo: Lance Jordan

April 16, 2012 — Microwave Telemetry Inc., a global leader in avian and marine tracking has selected Telenor Connexion, an enabler of premium connected services, as connectivity provider for its state-of-the-art tracking devices, as with this tracking unit pictured on an immature Bald Eagle just before release.

Microwave Telemetry

Microwave Telemetry manufactures reliable and accurate electronic devices for tracking avian and marine species using cutting-edge technologies. The company’s continual effort to develop smaller and smarter devices is driven by the needs of researchers and scientists worldwide.

Telenor Connexion is providing Microwave Telemetry with a one SIM and one rate GPRS/GSM global solution working on six continents. The key component of the solution is Telenor’s patented eSIM, a robust and reliable SIM card especially suited for harsh environments.

“Besides being an experienced and reliable embedded connectivity partner, responsive to our product requirements, the decisive factor when selecting Telenor Connexion as our exclusive provider for GPRS and SMS data services, was the eSIM. Device size and extended temperature range are critical in our application for avian and marine tracking and the Telenor Connexion eSIM is half the size of a standard SIM card,” says Paul W Howey, PhD, president and founder of Microwave Telemetry, Inc.

The premium M2M solution from Telenor Connexion not only allows Microwave Telemetry to continue their device design process without any delays to their product development schedule, it also enables them to provide a worldwide tracking and monitoring system, capable of tracking wildlife for thousands of kilometres, covering entire migration routes.

The connected devices collect data and process locations sent from animals carrying transmitters. The data is then delivered to scientists and researchers around the world via Microwave Telemetry’s proprietary web application.

“Wildlife tracking or GPS Telemetry is another high potential growth area for embedded connectivity applications. We are very proud to be part of Microwave Telemetry’s global tracking solutions as they (the devices) play a valuable role in worldwide behavioural and migration studies and in the protection of endangered species,” says George LeBron, head of Market Development Americas at Telenor Connexion.

Microwave Telemetry, Inc. is a global leader in satellite tracking technology. Located in Columbia, Maryland, near Washington, DC, the company’s primary goal is to provide state-of-the-art avian and marine tracking technology for scientists. Founded by biologists, the innovative products are designed with biologists and their goals in mind. The company’s mission is to advance the integrative fields of electronics and ecology, with conservation as the driving motivator behind each new design.

Telenor Connexion is an enabler of premium connected services for business- and life-critical applications, regardless of the vertical market. Building on more than 10 years of M2M (machine-to-machine) experience, Telenor Connexion provides customers with tools that allow full control of status, location and performance of their connected devices.

The operator-enabler has provided international connected services to global customers such as Volvo, Nissan, Daimler, TomTom, Omron, Scania, Qualcomm Enterprise Services, Hitachi and Securitas Direct. It was established in 2008 and originates from the successful M2M business within Telenor Sweden. Telenor Connexion has its headquarters and technical centre in Sweden, and regional offices in the UK, Germany, US, and Japan.

(Photograph: Courtesy of Lance Jordan)

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