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The design of a telemetry system for Grumeti reserves

Labuschagne, Adriaan S. (2006-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrial and Electronic Engineering.))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.


This thesis covers the design and development of a radio telemetry system to assist in management of the Grumeti reserves. This was accomplished through the integration of a digital data transmission system into the existing analog voice radio network, while minimizing any possible interference. The primary application of the system is vehicle tracking, but it is also capable of supporting other telemetry data in the future. The system relies on a server based at the reserve headquarters and various client telemetry units installed in the vehicles. A vehicle’s location is requested via the server application. The results are displayed on a digital map and stored into a database. Various methods are used to reduce radio interference and support reliable transmission of data. The system is also designed to be affordable, maintainable and robust. Two prototypes were implemented to perform various tests and establish the feasibility of the sysem. It proved to be capable of meeting the main objectives and implementation will commence in the future.

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