Finalizing the Dtag: implementation and testing of design improvements for reliability and availability
Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,30 Jun 2016
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole United States
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DTAGs have proven to be a valuable tool for the study of marine mammal acoustics and fine scale motion. The success of the DTAG has resulted in an increased demand for the instrument from researchers both within the Navy and the marine mammal community as a whole. However, the current DTAG design has cost, robustness, and reliability issues that make it unsuitable for the scaled-up manufacturing necessary to meet demand. Here we propose to make design changes to improve reliability and manufacturability of the tag, and to test the new design by fabricating a small number of tags for testing. The project will result in a field-ready and cost-effective DTAG design.