TrackLab and GPS Tracking

TrackLab is the ideal software tool for all your studies using GPS, enabling to you track human movement in a city, animals in the wild or farm animals on a pasture. TrackLab lets you import the GPS data real time or offline allowing you choose the research method that best suits your needs. We collaborate with a number of developers of professional GPS tracking systems including market-leader Biotrack. The output of their systems is 100% compatible with TrackLab. Besides these selected hardware solutions, you can use different tracking systems because of the GPX and CSV import functionality of TrackLab.

What does it do?

TrackLab is our software tool for recognition of and analysis of spatial behavior and the design of interactive systems. It allows you to work with any number of subjects, in any spatial context, tracked by any type of positioning system. It uses the GPS data as input, which can be processed real-time as well as offline. The collected data can be visualized, processed and analyzed. Furthermore, you can create interactive systems based on the generated data, which is available real-time.

Lucas Noldus is project coordinator of E-Track and explains in this video how the results of this EU-FP7 project can be used to improve animal health and farm economy.

Collecting data

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. GPS is widely used in various applications, of which navigation is of the most common one. With the increasing availability of GPS trackers, GPS is now also applicable in research on movement of different subjects. You can for example use GPS to track wildlife, to track farm animals or to track humans during their outdoor activities.

GPS systems can store the location data or broadcast the data real-time. In urban areas, where sufficient network connections are available, it is possible to broadcast the data real-time. In rural areas with limited network connections, it is more convenient and cost-effective to store the GPS data on the device itself. TrackLab supports any type of GPS receiver, taking advantage of data augmentation services such as WAAS or EGNOS if available.

Processing and interpreting data 

TrackLab guides you though the next steps of your research:

  • Importing and visualizing data
  • Creating user-defined regions and classifiers
  • Generating real time feedback
  • Analyzing the collected data

 
More information on these steps can be found here.

Integrated solution

The combination of TrackLab and the GPS tracking system can be supplied to you as an integrated solution, including on-site installation and training. By doing so, we ensure you of a turn-key solution ready to be used in your research. Furthermore, TrackLab is available as a stand-alone software tool, allowing you to select a different GPS tracking system or to keep on using your current system.