High Tech Animal Tracker Unveiled At Tennessee Aquarium

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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phoneThe Tennessee Aquarium has unveiled some new technology, the first of its kind in U.S. aquariums. There are microscopic wire-coded tags called Beacons which are implanted in Aquarium-reared Southern Appalachian Brook Trout and sonic tags that show the locations of recently reintroduced lake Sturgeon. The Aquarium allows its visitors to be on par with world class biologists and scientists as they track rare animals around the world. Visitors at the aquarium will receive notifications when they are approaching ‘tagged’ animal habitats“We’re using Beacon technology to put our guests in a more active role during their time with us,” said Thaddeus Taylor, one of the Aquarium’s senior educators. “I’m excited about adding another layer to our experience, one with a game-play feel that increases learning about our animals because it’s so much fun.” Guests use their mobile devices to download the free aquarium app and turn on blue-tooth and location enabling devices made available through CloudBeacon, a Chattanooga based technology company that brought the animal tracking program to life.

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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