Data Logging and Tracking

GPS Data Logger (Pigeon)

Customer: University of Zurich (Institute of Anatomy)

A small, lightweight data logging device (only 28 grams) with low power and exceptional performance for applications where extremely high levels of mobility are required. The miniature GPS Data Logger records the GPS data to a non-volatile memory, which can then be read out via USB and displayed graphically in Google Earth.

The Pigeon Data Logger can be supplied as a standard device, or as a semi-customised version with additional functionality, e.g.:

  • Communication (Bluetooth, ISM, GSM, ZigBee)
  • Sensors (movement, temp & humidity)
  • Larger Battery
  • Custom Software

GPS Data Logger (ZHAW)

Customer: Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Under the leadership of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the research project «mafreina» tracks tourists in National Parks in order to capture and model the needs and practices of recreation seekers in the countryside, e.g. in the “Biosfera Val Müstair” Natural Reserve in Switzerland. Based on the HW and SW of the OEM GPS Data Logger, one of our existing semi-custom devices, the ZHAW GPS Data Logger offers large data storage and stops logging to save power when not in motion giving a 7-day recording capacity. The custom designed housing uses a special manufacturing technology particularly suited to small volume custom enclosures avoiding the need for expensive tooling.

Our Contribution

  • use existing semi-custom GPS-Data-Logger (OEM)
  • integration of a low power motion sensor
  • use of existing parts to maintain affordable costs (for low volumes)
  • custom made enclosure for mechanical & environmental protection

GPS Tracker - Front View
GPS Tracker
GPS Tracker - Print

GPS Tracker

Customer: Armasuisse (Swiss Federal Defence Procurement)

A small lightweight GPS / GSM device for quasi real time surveillance and tracking of teams during military manoeuvres, used by referees during the “Swiss Raid Commando”, one of the most enduring and most important international military competitions worldwide for trained military personnel, who want to measure their level of skills in a “Commando” type exercise.

In 2007, 143 international teams competed in patrols of 4 raiders with at least one member being either an officer or a non-commissioned officer (NCO). Solid infantry training, excellent physical condition, analytical and above-average judgment skills are essential for success. The GPS receiver system periodically records and communicates positional data via a GPRS based data-link, to a visualisation control centre with the data being displayed graphically in Google Earth.

FeaturesOur Contribution
  • GPS data recorded to non-volatile memory
  • read out via USB
  • long battery run time
  • integrated emergency phone
  • robust design for outdoor usage
  • complete system including antenna, battery & charger
  • power management system for long battery run-time
  • SMD design for small volume production
  • use of standard header connector for production testing (avoiding need for expensive adaptors)
  • development and production in less than 4 months from project start
GPS Tracker - Map

NeuroLogger - Hand


Customer: New Behaviour AG

Small and lightweight (only 2.5g including batteries), the NeuroLogger is a unique and elegant solution for the wireless recording of EEG activity in freely moving animals. EEG signals are recorded (500 per second over a period of 36 hours) and saved to non-volatile memory (NVM), allowing the data to be recovered for analysis, even when not powered. Covering a variety of behavioural paradigms in the field of animal models for epilepsy and sleep disorders, the NeuroLogger can also be used together with phenotyping platforms enabling fully automated and perfectly synchronised metabolic, behavioural and physiological monitoring, e.g.

  • indirect gas calorimetry
  • food and liquid intake
  • locomotor activity, exercise, learning and memory
  • blood pressure, heart rate and bio-potentials