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Bringing affordable, reliable solutions to the Passive Marine Monitoring Market

London, United Kingdom (Oceanology International 2012) March 13, 2012 - Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems around the world, announces a new version of the Song Meter SM2M marine submersible recorder suitable for recording and quantifying high sound pressure levels (SPL) such as those produced by pile drivers and air guns.

“Since the introduction of the SM2M last year, many customers requested a version for recording high SPL events,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “The SM2M-HiSPL is a great addition to our product portfolio. Wildlife Acoustics continues to listen to the market and develop product solutions that meet the demands of our diverse customer base and the SM2M-HiSPL is just one example.”

Unlike the SM2M, which is more suitable for recording biological acoustics, the new SM2M-HiSPL can record very high amplitude sounds without distorting the recording. Custom hydrophone sensitivities are available to allow recording up to 240dB SPL at the hydrophone.

All SM2M units have the ability to log the average and peak RMS values to a text file. This feature, coupled with the included SM2M gain and hydrophone calibration data allows the absolute receive SPL to be easily calculated. This can assist customers in documenting compliance with protocols and government regulations for marine noise levels.

The SM2M product family is designed for quick refurbishment shipside for immediate redeployment and may be deployed months at a time with continuous recordings. The SM2M product family can store up to a half a terabyte of data in just one unit.

The Song Meter SM2M-HiSPL is available for $6,499 USD. The ultrasonic version, the Song Meter SM2MU- HiSPL, is available starting at $9,499 USD.

About Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, government agencies and environmental consulting firms worldwide since 2003. Our customers monitor birds, frogs, bats, insects, fish, whales, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

Contact:
Mona Doss
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
970 Sudbury Road
Concord, MA 01742

Combining Full Spectrum and Zero Crossing Recording Technologies in the Same Device

Concord, MA, January 23, 2012 - Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for endangered and threatened wildlife species around the world, announces the next generation terrestrial ultrasonic passive acoustic recorder, the Song Meter SM2BAT+.

“With the SM2BAT+, for the first time bat biologists now have a solution for ultrasonic bat monitoring that supports both full spectrum and zero crossing natively in the same product,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “We are providing the best of both worlds for half the price of the nearest competitor. Supporting both technologies ensures compatibility with all industry standard bat analysis software. This is especially important now as bat monitoring guidelines are evolving worldwide.”

The Song Meter SM2BAT+ now records natively in zero crossing mode without requiring post processing conversion. These files are not digitally created but instead use zero-crossing hardware. In zero crossing mode, bat biologists can record over a month of nightly recordings using only the internal D batteries (longer with the Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter SM2 Power Adapter) and expect a 32GB card to last for any deployment length.

For our full spectrum customers, Wildlife Acoustics reduced the post-data analysis time by enabling onboard filtering of triggered recordings. The SM2BAT+ in full spectrum mode now automatically eliminates irrelevant files that don’t have bat activity. The recordings are saved directly as WAV files and opened directly in analysis software without any conversion. As always, full spectrum customers can digitally convert their files to zero crossing if they prefer to document both types of files.

With the new SM2BAT+ customers will continue to enjoy the other features of the Song Meter family including the two channel recording capability, flexible recording scheduler, weatherproof housing and weatherproof microphones. The SM2BAT+ also features several mechanical improvements making it the most robust ultrasonic passive acoustic monitor on the market.

The Song Meter SM2BAT+ is available now starting at US $999.

About Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.

Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, government agencies and environmental consulting firms worldwide since 2003. Our customers monitor birds, frogs, bats, insects, fish, whales, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

Contact:

Mona Doss
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
970 Sudbury Road
Concord, MA 01742-4939

Bringing affordable, reliable solutions to the Passive Marine Monitoring Market

Tampa, Florida (Society for Marine Mammology Biennial Conference), November 28, 2011 – Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for endangered and threatened wildlife species around the world, announces a new ultrasonic marine submersible recorder. 

“Wildlife Acoustics has proven to be a market changer in wildlife monitoring,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “Leveraging our experience in the ultrasonic bat world, we are excited to introduce an ultrasonic version of our SM2M marine recorder.”

The Song Meter SM2M Ultrasonic autonomous submersible marine recorder provides researchers the ability to record and monitor anthropogenic and biological acoustics from 2Hz up to the ultrasonic frequency of 192kHz.

“We have now used the SM2M in two different locations to record dolphin sounds and ambient noise levels. Wildlife Acoustics supported us every step of the way with great advice,” says Kathleen M. Dudzinski, PhD, Director of the Dolphin Communication Project & Senior Marine Scientist at Geo-Marine, Inc. “The deployment was straightforward and the recordings were clear. We look forward to working with the new ultrasonic version.”

Designed for quick refurbishment shipside for immediate redeployment, the SM2M and SM2M Ultrasonic may be anchored and recovered via tether, diver or optional acoustic release for easy retrieval. Lee Shores from Marine Acoustics, Inc. comments, “The SM2M recorder works very well to record anthropogenic noise and marine mammal vocalizations. The software is easy to configure in the field, it is simple to rig for the marine environment, runs for weeks without changing batteries, and records months of data on SD cards. I was able to recover the recorder, get the SD cards out, plug them into my laptop and complete the analysis in the field.”

Customers can also deploy for months using a recording schedule or duty cycle with negligible power consumption during “sleep” mode.

The Song Meter SM2M Ultrasonic is available for preorder and will be shipping February 2012 starting at $8,999 USD. The Song Meter SM2M is available for shipping today for $4,999 USD. An optional configuration with the hydrophone attached on an extended cable is offered for an additional charge (price varies by cable length).

About Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, government agencies and environmental consulting firms worldwide since 2003. Our customers monitor birds, frogs, bats, insects, fish, whales, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

Photo courtesy of Al Sweeting, Jr.

Contact:
Mona Doss
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
970 Sudbury Road
Concord, MA 01742-0680

Bringing unparalleled ease of use, features and cost to the marine passive recorder market

Victoria, BC, Canada (2nd International Marine Conservation Congress), May 15, 2011 – Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for endangered and threatened wildlife species around the world, announces a new submersible digital recorder.

The Song Meter SM2M Marine Recorder is built around the proven SM2 Terrestrial Recorder Platform and features flexible scheduling, extremely low power consumption and ease of use in a cost effective package. The recorder is designed for short or long-term deployments in fresh or salt water at depths up to 150 meters.

“Wildlife Acoustics has sold thousands of terrestrial SM2 acoustic and ultrasonic recorders in dozens of countries worldwide and we are thrilled to bring our bioacoustics expertise to the marine market,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “As with our previous products, we expect the SM2M to offer biologists an unbeatable combination of functionality and value.”

The housing is compact and lightweight, measuring 16.5 centimeters in diameter and 79.4 centimeters long. With no batteries, the recorder weighs 9.5 kilograms in air with 5.5 kilograms of buoyancy and, fully populated with batteries, weighs 13.5 kilograms in air with 1.5 kilograms of buoyancy. The recorder is powered by up to 32 LSD NiMH, alkaline D cell batteries with recording times up to 760 hours, 1,330 hours and 1,900 hours respectively. The SM2M uses a negligible amount of power while waiting for a scheduled recording allowing the recording time to be scheduled over an extended timeframe.

Sample rates are available from 4kHz to 96kHz. The user can easily program a change of sample rate in the schedule to allow monitoring at different sample rates during one deployment. The integrated hydrophone has a recording bandwidth of 2Hz-40kHz with a flat frequency response (plus or minus 1dB).

Maximum storage capacity is 128GB using four 32GB SDHC cards with planned support of SDXC protocol via firmware upgrade, allowing even greater capacity. Lossless compression is selectable to nearly double maximum recording length. Intelligent triggers are programmable to further decrease card consumption.

The SM2M design allows quick refurbishment of the device shipside for immediate redeployment. The recorder can be anchored and recovered via tether, diver or optional acoustic release.

The Song Meter SM2M Marine Recorder will be available summer 2011 starting at US$4,999.

About Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
A wildly innovative company:

Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, government agencies and environmental consulting firms worldwide since 2003.

www.wildlifeacoustics.com

Contact:

Sherwood Snyder
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
970 Sudbury Road
Concord, MA 01742-0680
+1 (978) 369-5225

New software makes SM2BAT recordings compatible with competing bat analysis software and protocols

Denver, CO (40th North American Symposium on Bat Research), October 27, 2010 – Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for wildlife around the world, announces its latest version 3.0 of the Wac2WavTM software. This software post-processes WAC recording files created by the Song Meter SM2BATTM ultrasonic recorders to prepare them for analysis by various third-party zero-crossing and full-spectrum analysis tools.

“Our new Wac2Wav software makes the SM2BAT recorder backward compatible with incumbent competitive solutions employing zero-crossing, time-expansion and full-spectrum technologies”, said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “We recognize the investments our customers have made in developing long-term monitoring protocols and now offer an easy migration path to our SM2BAT ultrasonic recorder.”

For zero-crossing analysis, the Wac2Wav software converts full-spectrum recordings made by SM2BAT into files compatible with the leading zero-crossing bat detectors. The sensitivity can be set to a specific level, or Wac2Wav can automatically adjust the level for each bat pass to maximize bat detection rates. If the SM2 GPS option is used, GPS latitude and longitude coordinates are also automatically stored in the zero-crossing file headers for transect surveys, and also logged to a text file.

To achieve equivalent temporal coverage of competing time- expansion detectors, Wac2Wav software can truncate recordings to a specified length and ignore recordings made while a time-expansion detector would not have been monitoring.

And finally, for full-spectrum analysis, the Wac2Wav software can split each bat pass into its own WAV file compatible with nearly all third-party acoustic analysis tools.

Wac2Wav software also features a noise filter to optionally remove triggered events unlikely to contain bat activity, and a compensation filter to adjust the SMX-US microphone frequency response to improve automatic classification performance of third-party classifiers based on reference calls made by other systems.

“Our SM2BAT ultrasonic recorders are fully weatherproof, detect more bats and at a fraction of the cost of any other bat detector on the worldwide market today”, Agranat continued. “Combined with our Wac2Wav software, we are compatible with all the work-flows and analysis tools developed around incumbent competing products including both full-spectrum and zero-crossing technologies. With superior price performance and an easy migration path, we are quickly becoming the new standard for the unattended acoustic monitoring of bats worldwide”.

About Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
A wildly innovative company:

Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, and government agencies worldwide since 2003.

www.wildlifeacoustics.com

Contact:
Ian Agranat
Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.
P. O. Box 680
Concord, MA 01742-0680
+1 (978) 369-5225