The Baltimore National Aquarium is using Palm handhelds to enable veterinarians to monitor infant dolphins who have a high mortality rate. The Palms run Pendragon Software apps tied to a Microsoft SQL 7 database. Vets can instantly review collected data for dangers based on heart and breathing rates, diet, and other factors.
Staffers credit the new system with saving calves born this spring. "Statistically," says James Williamson, the aquarium's Animal Information Management Systems administrator, "we should have lost two of these animals, [but] all three are still there."