Application Guide

Acoustic Monitoring

Binary Acoustic Technology's acoustic monitoring products are modular and can be configured to support a variety of acoustic monitoring requirements.  This guide will lead you through both the basic system elements that we offer and how to configure them to meet your specific needs.

The first section in this guide discusses Binary Acoustic Technologies basic system elements in order familiarize the reader with our acoustic monitoring product line.  The second section in this guide discusses the most common configurations that are used in monitoring applications.
 

System Elements
miniMIC, AR125, and AR180 Ultrasonic Receivers
The ultrasonic receivers act as the combination of a high performance ultrasonic microphone , signal conditioner, and digitizer.  They receive bat calls through the microphone element, digitize the calls and then transfer them to a computer or a recording unit over a high speed USB 2.0 interface.  They operate in real-time, sending a continuous data stream to the computer which makes them ideal for either long duration and short duration recording.

These receivers can be operated using a laptop computer and SPECT'R software or they can be operated using the FR125-III field recorder.  Both of these options are outlined below.

FR125-III Field Recorder

The FR125 is an unattended field recording unit that works in conjunction with a miniMIC or AR125 and AR180 ultrasonic receivers.  It is intended for long duration recording stations such as those needed for metrology towers.  The FR125 includes operation timers and a remote file transfer capability that provide unattended operation and capability to automatically transfer log files and recordings back to a central file storage site.

FR125-EXT Field Recorder System

The FR125-EXT system is a complete field recording system developed for extended duration monitoring projects.  It is intended for permanent and semi-permanent long duration recording stations such as those needed for metrology towers.  The FR125-EXT system includes the base recording unit along with an ultrasonic microphone and a microphone cable up to 250 feet in length.

iFR-IV integrated Field Recorder System

The iFR-IV is a complete lightweight field recording system that is designed for multiple night monitoring projects.  The iFR-IV is housed in a small weather proof Pelican case.  It includes a recorder, batteries and a battery charger.  The iFR-IV system is easy to setup and take down which makes it suitable for "nomadic" monitoring projects in which the system is serviced and moved every few days.

SPECTíR Analysis and Recording Software

The SPECT'R software is used to operate an ultrasonic receiver from a laptop or ultra-mobile computer.  It is essentially a hard-disk recorder that includes a built in sonographic analyzer.  SPECT'R supports either continuous or snapshot recording. It includes a "call activated" recording feature that creates snapshots only when bat calls are detected.  SPECT'R runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

SCANíR Automated Call Analysis Processor

SCAN'R is a post collection processing tool.  It automatically scans files and file directories searching for recordings with bat calls.  It generates either SonoBat or Anabat compatible parameter sets.  It also runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

Application: Walk-about/Mobile Recording

Summary:

Portable system that can be used on a "walk-about" recording session.

Components:
AR125, AR180, or BATs new miniMIC
SPECT'R Running  On An Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)

Features:
Live Sonogram For Call Identification
Audio Output
Full Recording Capability
 

Application: Multiple Night "Nomadic" Recording
Summary:
A fully integrated, low power, light weight, recording system that is easy to setup and allows for multiple night recording.

Components:
IFR-IV integrated Field Recorder System
Storage Device or Thumb-drive

optional LCD Controller

optional solar panel

Features:
Snapshot Recording
Timed Operation
Multiple night operation

 

Application: Acoustic Workstation
Summary:
A research station for evening or overnight monitoring.

Components:
AR125, AR180, or BATs new miniMIC
SPECT'R Running On A Laptop PC
USB extension cable to elevate microphone (optional)

Features:
Live Sonogram For Call Identification
Audio Output
Full Recording Capability
Ability To Run Multiple Receivers
 

Application: Metrology Tower Monitoring Station
Summary:
A long-term recording station which requires mounting the detector elements on a pole or tower.

Components:
FR125-EXT Field Recorder System
Power System:
  >>
Solar Panel
  >>Charge Controller
  >>Battery

Features:
Long Term Unattended Recording
Remote file transfer and/or status reporting
Microphone Can Be Placed Up To 80 Meters High

 

 SonoBat is a trade-name of SonoBat. Analook is a trade-name of Titley Electronics.
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