PinPoint GPS

  • Accurate locations during migration

    Now available with SWIFT fixes for many more locations.

    Accurate, automated locations now available from a GPS tag weighing just 1g.  Now you can save on fieldwork time and effort, with even smaller species.

    With the fully programmable schedule you can choose the days and times that locations are recorded, to meet the specific requirements of your study. The battery can then be recharged and the tag used again and again.

    Great for:

    • Much more accurate locations during migration
    • Habitat use
    • Home range

    All of this with Biotracks made-to-order production service for species and study customisation.

    Please see the features, specifications and product sheet for more information, and contact us to discuss your requirements.

    • Fully user-programmable schedule
    • User rechargeable
    • Optional end tube for harness attachment
    • Optional VHF beacon to aid tag recovery
    • Other customisations (e.g. extra protection) available on request
  • PinPoint-8 (1.0g) and PinPoint-10 (1.2g)
    PinPoint-120 (4g)
  • Customised to suit your project and species, the PinPoint GPS tags are made to order and available in a range of weights/configurations.

    Below are the specifications for the current configurations.

    Model PinPoint-10 PinPoint-50 PinPoint-75 PinPoint-120 PinPoint-240
    Standard weight (g) † 1.0 2.0 3.5 n/a n/a
    Heavy duty weight (g) 1.5 2.2 4.1 4.8 10
    Marinised weight (g) 2.4 3.6 5.8 7.2 15
    Potential number of location attempts*
    Number of location attempts are schedule dependent - for a better estimate for your application, contact one of our expert advisors
    Short-term study 130 538
    900 1500 2000
    Long-term study**
    with standard fixes
    20 96 140 212 420
    Long-term study**
    with new SWIFT fixes
    105 294
    924 1096 2240
    Standard model
    Dimensions (l x w x h)
    21 x 13 x 5 mm 22 x 13 x 9 mm 25 x 13 x 10 mm 30 x 15 x 10 mm n/a
    Flexible scheduling Spread fixes over days, months or even a whole migration
    Battery Limited recharges, dependent on deployment
    Operating temperature -10°C to +35°C
    For temperatures below 10°C, fewer locations will be attempted
    Antenna † 5cm - lightweight & flexible
    Waterproofing Standard & Heavy duty models: Splash tolerant
    Marinised Models: Depth proof to 80m
    Warranty 6 months or 80% of the scheduled life, whichever is shorter

    Please ask about other models if remote data download or a larger battery is needed.

    † Tags can be further customised for attachment method, antenna strength and potting level. Note that these options will add weight. Please contact one of our Avian Telemetry Specialists to discuss your individual project requirements.

    * Locations may be attempted but the bird’s behaviour can prevent GPS communication.
    ** The number of location attempts for long-term studies has been calculated with four locations per day.

    Please contact one of our Avian Telemetry Specialists to discuss your project.

    Specifications correct as of May 2017

  • PinPoint GPS product sheet

  • Publications using the PinPoint GPS tags


    Miniaturized GPS Tags Identify Non-breeding Territories of a Small Breeding Migratory Songbird
    Michael T. Hallworth & Peter P. Marra
    Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 11069 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep11069

    GPS-tracking reveals non-breeding locations and apparent molt migration of a Black-headed Grosbeak
    Rodney B. Siegel,  Ron Taylor, James F. Saracco, Lauren Helton & Sarah Stock
    J. Field Ornithol., 87: 196–203. doi:10.1111/jofo.12149

    Determining fine-scale migratory connectivity and habitat selection for a migratory songbird by using new GPS technology.
    Fraser, K.C., Shave, A., Savage, A., Ritchie, A., Bell, K., Siegrist, J., Ray, J.D., Applegate, K. & Pearman, M.
    J Avian Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jav.01091

    Megafires: an emerging threat to old-forest species
    Gavin M Jones, RJ Gutiérrez, Douglas J Tempel, Sheila A Whitmore, William J Berigan and M Zachariah Peery
    Front Ecol Environ 2016; 14(6): 300–306, doi:10.1002/fee.1298


    First Direct Evidence of Long-distance Seasonal Movements and Hibernation in a Migratory Bat
    Weller TJ, Castle KT, Liechti F, Hein CD, Schirmacher MR & Cryan PM.
    Scientific Reports. 2016;6:34585. doi:10.1038/srep34585.

    Using sutures to attach miniature tracking tags to small bats for multimonth movement and behavioral studies
    Kevin T Castle, Theodore J Weller, Paul M Cryan, Cris D Hein, & Michael R Schirmacher
    Ecology and Evolution. 2015;5(14):2980-2989. doi:10.1002/ece3.1584.

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