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dc.contributor.authorHolton, Mark D.
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Rory P.
dc.contributor.authorTeilmann, Jonas
dc.contributor.authorSiebert, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-15T11:00:22Z
dc.date.available2021-07-15T11:00:22Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-28
dc.identifier.citationHolton, M. D., Wilson, R. P., Teilmann, J., & Siebert, U. (2021). Animal tag technology keeps coming of age: an engineering perspective. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1831), 20200229. doi:10.1098/rstb.2020.0229
dc.identifier.issn0962-8436
dc.identifier.issn1471-2970
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rstb.2020.0229
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/670238
dc.description.abstractAnimal-borne tags (biologgers) have now become extremely sophisticated, recording data from multiple sensors at high frequencies for long periods and, as such, have become a powerful tool for behavioural ecologists and physiologists studying wild animals. But the design and implementation of these tags is not trivial because engineers have to maximize performance and ability to function under onerous conditions while minimizing tag mass and volume (footprint) to maximize the wellbeing of the animal carriers. We present some of the major issues faced by tag engineers and show how tag designers must accept compromises while maintaining systems that can answer the questions being posed. We also argue that basic understanding of engineering issues in tag design by biologists will help feedback to engineers to better tag construction but also reduce the likelihood that tag-deploying biologists will misunderstand their own results. Finally, we suggest that proper consideration of conventional technology together with new approaches will lead to further step changes in our understanding of wild-animal biology using smart tags. This article is part of the theme issue ‘Measuring physiology in free-living animals (Part II)’.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research contributes to the CAASE project funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the KAUST Sensor Initiative.
dc.publisherThe Royal Society
dc.relation.urlhttps://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2020.0229
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
dc.titleAnimal tag technology keeps coming of age: an engineering perspective
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionBiosciences, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
dc.contributor.institutionMarine Mammal Research, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Frederiksborgvej 399, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bischofsholer Damm 15, 30173 Hannover, Germany
dc.identifier.volume376
dc.identifier.issue1831
dc.identifier.pages20200229
kaust.grant.numberKAUST Sensor Initiative
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitSensor Initiative
dc.date.published-online2021-06-28
dc.date.published-print2021-08-16


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