Encounternet system that we build is unique and is tailored to the
customer's particular needs. There are several existing options for
tags and base stations, but if nothing fits your requirements then we
can work with you to design a custom solution.
Due to the custom nature of each system build, we do not stock
assembled hardware. Our current procedure is as follows:
we will work with you to determine first, whether Encounternet is a
good fit to your needs, and second, what sort of system you will need
(tag specs, number and type of base stations needed, etc). At
end of this process we will have a detailed specification of your
system, and can send you a price quote and construction timeline.
system construction has two phases: fabrication, where we contract with
a circuit manufacturing company to fabricate the tag and base station
circuit boards, and assembly, where we assemble and test the tags and
base stations. We do not carry board inventory and so require that at
least 50% of the system cost be paid up-front to cover initial
we will ship the system to you and provide support for your deployment.
In some cases, particularly for large and complex systems, one of us
can travel to your location or field site (at your expense) and provide
training and assistance.
For further inquiries, and to start the consultation process, please
contact John Burt
core of every Encounternet tag is a circuit board containing a MSP430
microprocessor, a CC1101 433 MHz transceiver chip, and a nonvolatile
memory chip. Tags have expansion port pins at their edges, allowing
them to interface with sensors and digital devices. Depending on the
battery used, tags may include an additional power conditioning circuit
board. Most tags are embedded in epoxy and cast in a mold.
are several tag styles that have been developed, from a 0.7g small bird
tag to much larger tags for marine mammals. During the initial
consultation, we will determine which type of tag design will be best
stations currently come in two varieties, both of which are waterproof
and ruggedized for harsh conditions. Since log data is downloaded
wirelessly, base stations can be left unattended for long periods
The alkaline battery model is powered by two D-cell batteries and is
housed in a Pelican case for easy battery access.
solar powered model runs on a 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery charged
by a solar panel on the top of the enclosure. This model is screwed
shut, with a waterproof O-ring seal.
master node device is a modified base station mounted onto a yagi
directional antenna, with a PVC tube handle. The master node connects
to a PC computer with a serial-USB converter cable. The device is
waterproof and rugged.
system is shipped with a PC program called Pymaster, which interfaces
with the master node. Using Pymaster, you can download logs
from tags and base stations, set device parameters (such as tag clock,
rate, etc), track tagged animals, upload firmware to devices, and
perform many other maintenance tasks.
devices are shipped with the latest version of firmware and can run
"out of the box". However, in some instances, you may need custom
firmware. We can provide software development services to meet your
Consulting, and Support
We can provide training
and system support, either remotely or on-site.