MITAS Overview:

Our engineers revolutionized wildlife telemetry with MITAS, the world’s first PC-based wildlife monitoring system. MITAS combines the functionality of several different receivers into one PC-based system. Moreover, it is capable of displaying activity in real time, with the ability to send out automatic data reports.

Initially designed to monitor underwater systems, MITAS v3 can monitor up to 50 antennas and channels simultaneously. MITAS is also capable of monitoring multiple transmitter types, such as beeper and coded tags. This software simplifies the collection and uploading of data from the receivers by centralizing the contacts into one database. It is also the first system to automatically monitor it’s own status and report it to researchers via email.

MITAS’ Evolution

MITAS version 1 was released back in 1999, using analog coaxial cables to connect the antennas. Now, MITAS has progressed to version 3, allowing users to seamlessly connect antennas using Orion receivers with any kind of TCP/IP connection to a central server. This server can be at the project location, or it can be on the Internet cloud. This receiving system has the ability to track a variety of transmitters, such as low power insect tags, or quickly moving salmon tags.

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 (current)

Digital Setup

In the latest revision, MITAS has become almost entirely digital. The antennas are now fed directly into Orion receiver nodes where the signal undergoes digital processing. The receivers RS232 interface then converts the contact to a TCP/IP packet and sends it to a server via Ethernet, WiFi or Cellular network. With connection to the Internet, the system can span easily and be accessed by anywhere in the world as long as the network connections are reliable.

Features of MITAS:

  • 148-175 MHz
  • Up to 50 receiver nodes
  • Select up to 200 frequencies to monitor simultaniously (within 1 MHz range)
  • Either coded or beeper transmitter detection
  • Multiple code protocols
  • -120dBm sensitivity
  • Live data displays
  • Auto FTP upload of data
  • Auto email reporting/alerts
  • Can be incorporated into existing antenna arrays