Frontier Labs is currently weighing up the possibility of including a 'heartbeat' function for our next iteration of our Solar BAR. What value you would place on receiving regular updates on the battery life, SD card space and microphone status from your Bio Acoustic Recorder?
Our current thinking is this feature would be most useful for teams who are placing recorders in very remote areas for extended durations as it is expensive to trek out and check them. However, we are in a lab most of the time and want to hear from the people who actually use them! All comments much appreciated :) Nicole
11 October 2021 6:30am
We do not currently have in our lab any Solar BARs, but the ability to know that the sensor is operating is of very high value as invariably our sensors are located in very remote areas. Knowing that it is not working is important for ensuring that we minimize loss of data from areas (and periods) that we can not afford to have gaps. Of course, such features come with increased consumption, but in the case of the solar BAR, I guess, this is less of a concern.