UPDATE AUG 2017:

MITAS version 4 is now in beta, and we invite anyone who wishes to see a demo to contact us.

MITAS – Multi-protocol Integrated Telemetry Acquisition System:

Introducing Mitas Cloud (Mitas 4.0)

A preview of the dashboard from MITAS Cloud. This is a user authenticated website where researchers may view the status of their receivers, download data, and analyse the contacts coming in on their system in real-time.

MITAS Cloud increases the convenience and reliability of data collection so that you can significantly reduce the number of trips that you make into the field to check on your equipment and collect data. Reduced trips mean reduced costs. These costs can be put toward increasing the size of the study, increasing the analysis, or allowing studies to go ahead that might otherwise not be affordable.

The current version of MITAS Cloud is only the beginning. It will continue to evolve with increasing diagnostic displays and analysis tools based on requests from our users. Our goal is to build a complete data collection and analysis site so you do all the work necessary with your data online. We want to remove the burden of software development so that research groups can get right into finding results and writing reports.

MITAS Cloud is also much more affordable that traditional hardware data acquisition and analysis systems. It is a subscription based service with scaled costing based on the number of sites you want to attach.

Our goal is the make MITAS Cloud a telemetry data analysis community where the contributions and ideas of many result in shared resources for all. This will take the wasted effort of multiple groups building the same tools over and over and focus it on the improvement and expansion of tools and research. Small research groups that don’t have the resources to perform data intensive analyses will find projects that otherwise wouldn’t be done are now in reach. Organizations that publish will benefit from papers that reference their tools in use here.

Take a test drive of the MITAS Cloud system by simply filling out the “Contact Us” form and ask for a login account.

MITAS’ Evolution

MITAS Cloud is the natural progression of our groundbreaking Multi Protocol Integrated Telemetry Acquisition System to a truly global platform. MITAS 1.0 began in the late 90s as a convenient replacement for distributed telemetry receivers that were installed in numerous locations across large dams requiring significant labour to retrieve data. That system was the first to centralize telemetry data collection. It became easier to gather data and monitor status so problems could be fixed immediately reducing the risk of lost data. MITAS Cloud extends that capability so that monitoring sites globally is as easy as monitoring them over a single dam. A simple web site makes access to real-time data along with basic analysis tools available to you anywhere there is a computer and Internet.

With the potential for MITAS to monitor and track a system of receivers, this enables researchers to see a general trend for an entire local animal group. Time is spent seeing why the animals have been exhibiting certain behaviour, instead of gathering and processing the data itself. This wildlife tracking and monitoring system has been able to help researchers for almost two decades, and continues to evolve into a more powerful and useful tool every year.

The MITAS evolution:

Version 1 (1999)

Analog Setup

This system uses coaxial cable as the primary signal carrier and requires specialized trunk line equipment to encode uniquely identifiable contacts. The end connection is to a PC that has A/D and DSP cards.

Version 2 (2013)

Hybrid Setup

After the DSP hardware became obsolete, the A/D and DSP cards at the PC were replaced by two Orion receivers. The analogue trunk remains the same but the requirements for the PC could be met with smaller, lower power hardware.

Version 3 (2015)

Digital Setup

In version 3, MITAS became almost entirely digital. The antennas fed directly into Orion receiver nodes where the signal underwent digital processing, and could be sent to a main acquisition server. On this server, all of the Orion data was stored locally, allowing researchers to view all their data at once.

Features of MITAS Cloud:

  • Password protected access
  • 148-175 MHz
  • Any amount of receivers can be monitored
  • Multiple code protocols
  • -120dBm sensitivity
  • Live data displays
  • Can be incorporated into existing antenna arrays
  • Displays receiver locations with status on a map
  • Monitors and displays receiver communication status including battery state
  • Monitors and displays beacon activity for assurance of continuous operation
  • Monitors and displays voltage monitor activity to detect lost power supplies
  • Emails notification of receiver dropout
  • Emails notification of receiver experiencing low voltage
  • Emails notification of receiver SD card almost full/completely full
  • Emails notification of beacon dropout
  • Emails notification of voltage monitor turning on
  • Convenient aggregate data download by date range for all receiver sites

Required Field Components:

  • Beacon Transmitters
  • Orion Receivers
  • SEI Supplied Cellular Modems
  • SEI Supplied Cellular Antennas
  • Cellular Data Accounts