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Technical Innovation lab

The technical innovation lab monitors the development of new technologies and devices for the commercial market and identifies components that might be interesting for animal movement research. We have facilities to develop prototypes and to modify or develop equipment suitable for the different CAnMove research projects. The main areas of activity are sensor systems, radio tracking, radar technology, GPS, energy harvesting and optical tracking methods.

The technical lab

Lab
Photo: Arne Andersson
The technical lab facilities include all kinds of modern measurement equipment, like magnetometers, radio/optical spectrum analyzers, data loggers, oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers and different signal sources. We have got electronics simulators, modern CAD software and software development tools for several hardware platforms.

The workshop

The workshop
Photo: Arne Andersson

The tech lab has traditional soldering equipment, a large array of precision tools, and a basic mechanical workshop to be able to manufacture prototypes and service equipment. In our lab we have prototyping kits for several different microcontroller families. We can produce prototypes with SMD technology (miniature electronic components) with reflow soldering or hot-air equipment.

Technologies that we work with: MEMS sensors

MEMS sensor
Photo: Arne Andersson

We develop devices with different kinds of environmental sensors, for example temperature, acceleration, gyro, magnetometers, light meters. Some of the more advanced sensors are based on MEMS technology (microelectromechanical systems). Thay are mechanical devices in the micrometer scale combined with semiconductor electronics. Many of the sensors we utilize are developed for cellphone or gaming console applications.

Technologies that we work with: GPS

GPS
Photo: Arne Andersson

GPS is a wellknown technology that offers possibilities to track animals with good accuracy and precision. The GPS receiver calculates its position by measuring the distance to the available GPS satellites. Since a normal GPS receiver system weighs more than 5g, it is not possible to use for tracking smaller animals. GPS devices are also quite energy consuming which means that a complete system needs relatively large batteries. New and promising technologies from the mobile phone- and pocket cam.

Technologies that we work with: Energy harvesting

Energy harvesting
Photo: Arne Andersson

Energy harvesting techniques makes it possible to build sensorsystems that collect the energy they need for operation, so the device can run “forever”! Small solar panels offer the most accessible source of energy for small devices, but many new techniques are being developed, harvesting the energy in vibrations, heat, electromagnetic fields and more.

Technologies that we work with: RFID

RFID tags
Photo: Arne Andersson
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology used in numerous applications, tracking everything from pets to 20-foot containers. The RFID tag identifies itself when being close enough to a reader antenna. RFID tags could be made very small (<1mm), but the detection distance is usually only a few centimeters. RFID tags are used on fish, smaller birds and even insects, like bees. 
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Technical coodinators:

Arne Andersson
Johan Bäckman

 

Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden