Wildlife Acoustics News

Introducing Song Stream

Providing an economical remote access option for the SM2+ and SM2BAT+ recorders

Concord, Massachusetts, USA, July 30, 2012 – Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of bioacoustics monitoring systems worldwide, introduces a new system to allow remote access to Song Meter recorders via cellular or satellite networks.

“Song Stream is an end-to-end solution for remote access to our SM2+ and SM2BAT+ acoustic and ultrasonic recorders,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics. “Now our customers can access status information over satellite networks or download recordings remotely via cellular networks. We listened to customers and designed Song Stream to be extremely user friendly so they will enjoy its plug and play installation procedure while reducing the total cost of ownership for mission critical projects.”

Song Stream has been in beta with several trial customers with very successful results.

“Tetra Tech has been exceedingly pleased with Wildlife Acoustics’ new Song Stream remote download and monitoring system. Until now there has not been a user friendly and reliable system for remotely monitoring bat/avian acoustic systems” says Aaron Svedlow, Wildlife Biologist at Tetra Tech. “Song Stream has allowed us to collect data at remote locations without worrying about data loss. The ability to use different cellular providers or satellite allows us to deploy our Song Stream equipped Song Meters in any location. We have deployed systems in the mid-west, northeast, and on remote offshore islands with great results, and reliable data.”

“Stantec’s experience with acoustic wildlife data collection extends beyond 20 years with well over 200 seasons of surveys at sites throughout North America, using equipment capable of withstanding offshore hurricanes, desert heat, and sub-zero temperatures. We depend on our gear and have recently begun to deploy Wildlife Acoustics’ equipment at a wide variety of sites, including remote high mountain ridgelines and offshore ocean buoys, and have yet to be disappointed,” says Steve Pelletier, a Principal for Environmental Management at Stantec. “More importantly, the folks at Wildlife Acoustics have been extremely easy to work with, providing immediate and top notch technical support, and in many instances, becoming active partners in terms of helping develop new solutions towards acquiring wildlife data.”

Song Stream consists of communication hardware that connects an SM2+ or SM2BAT+ unit to a web portal allowing convenient access to status information such as card consumption, battery supply voltage and a log of recent recording activity. Email alerts may be configured to immediately notify the user of a status update of the Song Meter deployment. For cellular deployments, the geographically redundant portal allows direct upload of selected recordings remotely from the Song Meter to the web portal and direct download from the web portal to the desktop PC. Depending on the sample rate, recording mode and chosen transmission network, it is possible to download a portion or all of the recorded data remotely.

Song Stream is now available for purchase. Pricing varies by transmission method and data plan. More information can be found at the Wildlife Acoustics website at www.wildlifeacoustics.com.

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, marine mammals and other wildlife.

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

Wildlife Acoustics announces the Song Meter SM2M-HiSPL

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

Announcing the Song Meter SM2BAT+ Ultrasonic Monitor

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

Announcing the Song Meter SM2M Ultrasonic Marine Submersible Recorder

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

Wildlife Acoustics Announces the Song Meter SM2M Marine Recorder

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

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