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Radio telemetry of wild animals using battery-free transmitters (RFID tags)

Grant number: 22/02257-8
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: July 01, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal Investigator:Sérgio Marques de Souza
Grantee:Sérgio Marques de Souza
Host Company:Marco Antonio Marques de Souza - EPP
CNAE: Pesquisa e desenvolvimento experimental em ciências físicas e naturais
City: São Paulo
Associated grant(s):23/03426-0 - Radiotelemetry of wild animals using batery-free transmitters (RFID tags), AP.PIPE
Associated scholarship(s):22/14969-2 - Radioletemetry of wild animals using battery-free transmitters (RFID tags)., BP.TT
22/10492-7 - Radioletemetry of wild animals using battery-free transmitters (RFID tags), BP.PIPE


Over the last few years, monitoring wild animals using radiotelemetry has become one of the most important and most used tools in conservation biology studies. The present project aims to develop a new methodology for animal telemetry, using a technology currently present in the identification of different types of objects called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The development of transmiters and receptors using RFID will significantly reduce several problems faced by currently available telemetry technologies, such as the weight of the transmitters (we will develop transmitters with insignificant weight in relation to to the weight of the animals due to the lack of battery), and the time of operation of the same (we will develop transmitters that have continuous duration, allowing the monitoring of the individual until the end of its life). Another advantage is the remote monitoring, as the receivers will be installed systematically throughout the area to be sampled and will be powered by solar batteries. We therefore hope to revolutionize the animal telemetry market in Brazil, offering a technology that, compared to currently available alternatives, has less impact on animals and has a lower cost. (AU)

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