About Biologging Solutions
Biologging Solutions was established to develop biologging, which was born in Japan by Dr. Yasuhiko Naito (Professor Emeritus, National Institute of Polar Research), and to provide world-leading solutions. We are developing every day to create the “ultimate device” by using Japanese microfabrication technology and intricate design and development. Biologging provides us with the most exciting discoveries. We are developing the LoggLaw series as a device to log some “laws” of living organisms and nature.
Biologging is a research method that involves attaching small devices including various sensors to living organisms (especially wild animals) to collect data on their behavior, physiology, and environmental conditions. This technique is used to understand the ecology and habits of animals, as well as to assess conservation efforts and the impact of environmental changes.
Biologging Solutions Inc. develops and provides a variety of data logging products and biologging-based solutions for underwater and terrestrial organisms.
Biologging can be used to obtain the following information.
This information contributes to ecological research, wildlife conservation management, adaptation to environmental change, and the development of ways for humans and wildlife to coexist.
The term “biologging” is a Japanese English word that combines the words “bio” (living organism) and “logging”.
The use of biologging for ecological observation is said to have started in the 1960s when depth gauges were attached to seals, and was first proposed by Dr. Yasuhiko Naito (Professor Emeritus, National Institute of Polar Research) at the 1st International Symposium on Biologging Science held at the National Institute of Polar Research in 2003. Since then, it has been established internationally and international conferences have been held every three years, and the 8th International Symposium on Biologging Science is scheduled to be held in Tokyo in March 2024.
Biologging has made great progress both as a method and as an academic field, and in 2017, the International Society for Bio-logging Science was established for the purpose of international mutual cooperation and development of biologging science.
Besides bio-logging, other ecological observation methods include, for example, environmental DNA and trace element analysis. Bio-logging, environmental DNA (eDNA), and trace element analysis are different ecological methods, each with their own objectives and applications. The differences between these methods are described below.
Each of these methods provides different information and has different purposes and applications. Biologging focuses on real-time, high-resolution tracking of an organism’s behavioral and physiological data. Environmental DNA, on the other hand, investigates the presence and distribution of species in the environment, while trace element analysis helps to elucidate the ecological history and life history strategies of organisms. These methods are sometimes used in combination for different purposes. For example, data obtained by bio-logging can be matched with information from trace element analysis or environmental DNA to provide a more detailed ecological understanding.
In general, these methods play an important role in ecological research and conservation efforts. Appropriate use of the information provided by each method can contribute to species conservation, ecosystem management, and the maintenance of biodiversity.
Bio-logging and bio-telemetry are both methods for collecting and analyzing biological data, but they differ in the way data is collected and transmitted.
Bio-logging: Bio-logging is a method in which a data logger (recording device) is attached to a living organism to record physiological parameters and behavioral data for a certain period, which is then analyzed later. In bio-logging, data is not transmitted in real-time, and you must wait either for the data logger to be retrieved or for the data logger to be set up to automatically transmit the data. Bio-logging is particularly useful in situations where radio waves cannot reach, such as deep-sea creatures or polar animals, or where long-term observation is necessary.
Bio-telemetry: Bio-telemetry is a technology that remotely collects and transmits data from living organisms in real-time. Typically, sensors and transmitters attached to animals or humans are used to transmit physiological parameters and behavioral data wirelessly. As a result, researchers can monitor an animal’s location, movement patterns, heart rate, body temperature, etc., in real-time.
In summary, while bio-telemetry transmits data in real-time, bio-logging records data for a certain period and then analyzes it later. Both techniques contribute to the study of living organisms and environmental conservation.
Biologging Solutions provides loggers for aquatic life, terrestrial life, and environmental observation. However, these are typical applications, and loggers for underwater life may also be used as loggers for terrestrial life or environmental observation. Please contact us for details.
Delivery time of logger products is usually one and a half to two months after receiving an order. However, we will do our best to adjust to the timing of your research or experiment. International shipments are delivered using DHL, Fedex, and UPS.
There are two main methods of attaching loggers to animals: external attachment, which is outside the body of the organism, and internal attachment, which is inside the body. The specific mounting location and method will vary depending on the target organism, the purpose of the experiment, and the data collection method. Biologging Solutions provides consulting services related to bio-logging. Please contact us for details.
The optimal logger depends on the purpose of use, the target organisms, and the environment in which they are used. The optimal sensor and its measurement interval settings also vary depending on the purpose of use. Please contact us for details.
Time-series data from sensors can be obtained from loggers. The analysis can provide insight into the behavior and ecological characteristics of the organisms, their movement area, physiological responses, habitat, and more. The analysis depends on the data and the purpose. BioLogging Solutions provides consulting services for analysis and publishes reports. For more information, please contact us.
The collection method differs depending on the target organisms and the environment (underwater or land) in which they are used. For terrestrial organisms that are always on land and underwater organisms that have the timing to come out to land, data can be collected by radio waves. On the other hand, for organisms that are always in the water, there are methods such as recapture of the individual or automatic detachment and recovery of logger. The logger that can be attached depends on the size of the creature, and the method of recovery will vary. For more information, please contact us.
Yes, we provide training on how to use the device and analyze data. For support related to the product, you can contact us through our website.