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Telemetry is a technology which allows the remote measurement and reporting of information of interest to the system designer or operator. It is derived from Greek roots tele, remote, and metron, to measure.

It is an enabling technology for large complex systems such as spacecraft boosters, oil rigs and chemical plants because it allows automatic monitoring, alerting, and record-keeping necessary for safe, efficient operations.

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History of the Development and Use of Telemetry

Examples of the Application of Telemetry

Improving medical care

Patients at risk of abnormal heart activity are outfitted with measuring, recording and transmitting devices. A data log can be useful in diagnosis of the patient's condition by doctors. An alerting function can summon nurses if the patient is suffering from an acute or dangerous condition.

Test of U.S. Military Aircraft and Weapons Systems

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Wildlife Study and Management

Members of endangered species under study are now commonly equipped with instrumentation ranging from simple tags to cameras, GPS packages and transceivers to provide position and other information to the scientists, producers, activists, regulators, or other human agencies.

Related topics: remote sensing, instrumentation, spy satellites, tapping of communications routing or switching centers (e.g. Echelon), automatic data processing.

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