At IRNAS we are experienced in providing custom solutions for various bioprinting applications. For core-shell bioprinting, we have developed a custom nozzle that can be fed with material from two extruders simultaneously, allowing precise control of flow and deposition.
Many of our solutions must ensure reliable operation under harsh conditions and therefore require a robust and durable enclosure capable of protecting the electronic components inside. When developing Arribada PitStop Turtle Tag tracking system, we prepared two different solutions, a dismantlable waterproof enclosure and casting in an encapsulation resin, with both options providing advantages for the specific applications.
IRNAS has been actively involved in environmental and animal conservation since its founding in 2014. Last year, we have been working with Smart Parks to develop a modular LoRaWAN® GPS tracker for use as a collar payload on wildlife like Lions, Wisents, Elephants and also park rangers and vehicles.
The Elephant Tracker is the largest OpenCollar tracker available and features an extra-large sized waterproof housing, advanced GPS tracker with LoRaWAN and Bluetooth connectivity, additional Lacuna Space LoRaWAN satellite connectivity and years of battery life under normal conditions.
The Pangolin Tracker is a small-sized GPS tracker with LoRaWAN connectivity and a primary lithium battery for a long-life operation. The device is fully encapsulated to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. A modified cattle tag is used for the attachment of the tracker, either to the pangolin’s scale or as an ear tag for larger animals.
The Rhino Tracker is the smallest OpenCollar tracker available and features a compact GPS tracker with LoRaWAN connectivity and a primary lithium battery for a long-life operation. The device is fully encapsulated to withstand harsh outdoor conditions and is suitable for the rhino horn implantation.
The Wisent Tracker features a medium-sized waterproof housing, GPS tracker with LoRaWAN connectivity and years of battery life under normal conditions. The tracker is mounted to an animal using a highly durable BioThane collar with an optional drop-off mechanism also available.
Building a solution that will work in 2040 is entirely feasible today with technologies and solutions currently available. To enable such a long lifetime from the communication perspective, a suitable technology must be chosen and the whole solution must be very rigorously tested.