Env. Tech help
Being a new member here I thought I'd give a little introduction before I pose my question. I'm a biologist working on animal surveys across Wyoming and South Dakota. My passion lies with the outdoors, and I do not consider myself a tech savvy person. My studies require tending track plots of sand and using cage traps to determine animal populations/distribution in an area.
My problem is having enough time to visit enough sites in a day. My thoughts drifted towards a IR/motion sensor of some sort to record when the sand trap was crossed or if the cage trap made a catch. If there was some way to relay that information, either to a phone or laptop, tens of miles if not a hundred or more miles away, it would greatly increase efficiency of my studies.
I researched active RFID tags made by Lotera, which will relay a location to a receiver module up to 1.5 miles away. My studies are typically in scrub land with little overhead canopy cover. Is it possible to incorporate a motion sensor/IR sensor to an RFID tag, which will send a signal once the area shows movement? Or to attach an RFID reader to a drone which could then fly over the target areas, wherein the data from each site/trap would be relayed?
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated, I'm all ears!