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Reforestation

Monitoring Changes at Remote Locations

Photo of the AXTracker Satellite Transmitter set up on a snowy hillside in a forested area.

In some remote areas, radio transmissions and cellular phone coverage may be unreliable. In these areas, satellite telemetry can be used to monitor environmental conditions, such as temperature, conditions at facilities, and the status of intrusion sensors. The cost of hardware and monthly fees can make some means of satellite telemetry unaffordable. The report, AXTracker: An Inexpensive Satellite Transmitter for Sensing Changes at Remote Locations (0524–2802–MTDC), provides information on a relatively inexpensive and fully programmable device that can be used nearly anywhere for reliable location and monitoring reports. The AXTracker transmitter communicates using the Globalstar satellite network.

For more information on the AXTracker, contact Gary Kees, project leader (phone: 406–829–6753; e-mail: gkees@fs.fed.us).

To order the report, contact MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail: cahegman@fs.fed.us).


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