This one is something that probably has less eyesight from almost every IoT lovers. Although, so many people have dreamed this kind of idea but few implementations have been done. Maybe because it’s too complicated and it evolves with an animal which is likely a bit hard.
Anyway, this idea is brilliant in my opinion. It is not just about the implementation which evolves with an animal but also it helps a lot to reduce the population decline.
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews is to conduct a three-year government-backed study, attaching telemetry tags to the fur at the back of the heads of several Orkney seals. It is a lightweight tags that will be cast off when the seals moult.
The Marine tags will be provided by Vodafone. It uses mobile operator’s latest machine to machine (M2M) technology to send vital information from a seal when it surfaces or beaches directly back to SMRU for analysis.
Vodafone’s M2M technology has been used in new cars, heart monitors and smart meters, but this is the first time it will be used to monitor marine mammals.
Harbour seals are one of two seal species that reside in the UK, and their numbers have declined by up to 90 per cent in some areas in and around the north and east coasts of Scotland, including Orkney, since the year 2000, according to SMRU.
“Over the last 15 years, many of the harbour seal populations in the Northern Isles and on the north and east coasts of Scotland have been declining,” said SMRU’s deputy director Dr Bernie McConnell.
“Marine data collected during this project on Orkney will help to assess the causes, management and mitigation options in relation to the harbour seals’ decline and to prioritise future research directions.”
Vodafone UK’s corporate and external affairs director, Helen Lamprell, added: “The first mobile call was made on our network more than thirty years ago. We will now be the first company to help transmit valuable information from seals.