Beegle offers a wide range of innovative tracking solutions for birds and animals. By making use of the Iridium satellite constellation for communication, no terrestrial infrastructure is needed (base stations, repeaters, etc.). The position data from the animal is transmitted directly to satellites and made available on a web-based tracking portal which can be viewed at any time, from anywhere. This significantly reduces the costs, administration and environmental impact of tracking compared to traditional VHF methods where vehicles, large antennas, personnel and time are needed.

Animal Trackers

Bird Trackers

Ostrich Trackers

The Beegle Solar Collar for Cheetah is a ~250g solar powered pure-satellite based tracker collar that does not rely on any ground infrastructure to operate. 

It has true global coverage and will therefore always be able to transmit its position.

 

The Beegle Solar Flight for Birds is a sub 55g solar powered pure-satellite based tracker that is mounted on the bird’s back, and does not rely on any ground infrastructure to operate. 

It has true global coverage and will therefore always be able to transmit its position.

 

The Beegle Solar Flight for Ostrich is a sub 55g solar powered pure-satellite based tracker that is mounted on the Ostrich’s neck, just like a ID tag, and does not rely on any ground infrastructure to operate. 

It has true global coverage and will therefore always be able to transmit its position.

 

Animal Tracker Product Information

Beegle SolarFlight and SolarCollar are pure-satellite based trackers for birds and animals respectively, requiring no ground infrastructure (like GSM towers, radio networks, etc) to operate and maintain. The primary components include a GPS receiver for position acquisition and a satellite modem to transmit position data. These trackers use the Iridium Satellite network, which consists of 66 Low Earth Orbiting satellites, resulting in at least one satellite in view between horizons  at all times. This high-availability network is well suited to tracking when reliability is important. The orbiting nature of satellites improves the probability of successful transmissions in terrain with steep cliffs or in valleys where geostationary satellites cannot be relied upon. Other features that make Beegle trackers well suited to animal tracking include:

  • Smallest and lightest satellite trackers on the market, brining a new level of animal welfare to the industry.
  • Solar powered means they will operate for multiple years.
  • Up to 144 positions per day (every 10 minutes). Default is 24 per day with a 3+ year lifespan.
  • Built-in backup battery powers tracker during the night or overcast days.
  • Intelligent power management ensures GPS positions are acquired even during low-battery situations (eg birds nesting below the canopy).
  • Two-way communication allows interval regimes to be updated over-the-air.
  • Full end-to-end ownership by Intricode (excluding Iridium), no reliance on any 3rd party software.
  • Integrated with MoveBank. Other tracking portals can be easily integrated with.

Data Plans

In order to use the Iridium network, an active data plan is required. There are 3 plans available to suit varying requirements.

Out-of-contract Pricing

The following presents pricing without a contract. Hardware is purchased outright at $899, and monthly service fees apply. Users may suspend, unsuspend, deactivate or reactivate their subscription at any time.

  Tracking Interval Flying HoursPer month Over-usage (cost per hour) Monthly Cost
Plan A 4 13 $3 $40
Plan B 2 25 $2.50 $50
Plan C 1 65 $2 $150

Suspension fee: $5 upon suspension, and $5 per month while suspended

Unsuspend free: $0

Deactivate fee: $0

Reactivation fee: $50

Contract Option

There is an option to purchase hardware and service on a 24-month contract basis. There is no upfront hardware cost. The following costs apply:

  Tracking Interval Flying HoursPer month Over-usage (cost per hour) Monthly Cost
Plan A 4 13 $2 $89
Plan B 2 25 $1.80 $99
Plan C 1 65 $1.50 $199

Devices may not be suspended or deactivated during the contract period. After the contract period, out-of-contract pricing applies.

Competitor Analysis

There are several competitors on the market, many of which use terrestrial networks such as GSM (cellphone) radio networks. VHF collars were also considered but due to the fact that they can only be tracked when in relative close proximity, and with very limited tracking information, they have been excluded from this analysis. Devices using terrestrial infrastructure have also been omitted due to the complexity and expense of setting up and maintaining radio networks. The advantage with such systems is that the perceived cost is lower than pure-satellite units, however, over time the true cost of running such networks is far more costly and far less reliable than pure-satellite devices. Often animals roam outside of the range of such infrastructure, sometimes being unfeasible to set up further infrastructure. Maintenance complexities also need to be considered, especially in remote areas or areas of conflict where it may be infeasible or impossible to expand the network.. Often the cost of maintaining networks becomes a major weak link in a terrestrial tracking system, and many times animals are lost, which carries a huge wasted cost.

The advantages of pure-satellite trackers are manyfold. They are simply attached to the animal and no further administration is required, regardless of where the animal moves. Devices appear on the chosen tracking portal and can be monitored from anywhere with an internet connection.

  Weight(g) Lifespan(years)@24ppd Solarpowered MinInterval(m) Cost
Beegle 250 3+ 10 $
Lotek 250 <1 80 $$
ATS 825 <1 60 $
Telonics 360 <1 60 $
AWT >800 <1 60 $

ppd = Positions Per Day