The start of 2019 marks the installation of Celium remote monitoring technology for two key alpine rock wren sites within the Makarora Catchment. We are delighted to be partnering with Encounter Solutions on this innovative approach not yet trialled within the alpine environment.
The Celium platform is a low powered wireless network designed for the purpose of wide-scale rugged management applications. Celium consists of a range of communication devices called Nodes (attached to traps) equipped with sensors. The sensors are designed to monitor parameters such as the status of a pest control trap (below), which the nodes then communicate to the base station called a Hub. The Celium Hub transmits the data via satellite to the Celium cloud programme, which then sends a signal to the user via a notification email or text message.
The Celium Platform can be used for predator control monitoring and also has potential application for monitoring climate/weather and wildlife. On this instance the installation intends to aid trap maintenance servicing efficiency for rock wren protection within remote areas.
Encounter Solutions Director Simon Croft (below) enjoyed his time out in the field with ABT and gained a number of close encounters with New Zealands only true alpine specialist – the endangered rock wren. His technical knowledge was a valuable addition during the North Wilkin installation.
Since installation there have been three invasive mammal trap triggers at the highest trap location points. We look forward to reporting back on what predators have been captured. More soon….
With thanks to sponsors; Otago Community Trust, WWF, the Tindall Foundation, Otago Regional Council and Oceana Gold.