The software package utilizes the distinctive features of two applications
developed by Baird Software: Baird Animator and Spatial Data Analyzer.
These allow the data to be viewed in both a three dimensional environment
with dynamic data and also in a 2D GIS environment. Bio-tracking data is
often difficult to interpret in its raw form due to uncertainties and complex
correlation between different data points.
A series of time-synchronized receivers provides position information based
upon signal strength an pressure. A more accurate position estimate can be
calculated using the software through hyperbolic solutions from two or more receivers.
The path connecting the temporal positions of an animal is drawn as either a
series of line segments, or a smooth curve through the data. Further
positioning may be done at this time based upon obvious physical obstructions
or knowledge of the animalís physical abilities such as swimming speed, and
environmental factors such as current speed. The path may then be re-sampled
at a regular time increments if further analysis or animation is desired.
Tracks can be viewed individually or as selected groups.
Vital statistics such as the speed of motion, salinity, temperature, current
speed and others are easily analyzed and charted.
The database created from the software package is organized by animal
identification number, and may be easily imported into other applications
such as spreadsheets or database programs. There is also the ability to
extract environmental data, hydrodynamic and dynamic information, along
the animalís track and summarize these with the track data.