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.

    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
    • Limited recharges, depending on deployment
    • 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 3.7 n/a n/a
    Heavy duty weight (g) 1.5 2.2 4.1 4.8 10
    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
    High Intensity schedule**
    50 260 570 860 1,700
    High Intensity schedule**
    130 400 1,100 1,700 3,400
    Low Intensity schedule**
    13 60 130 170 350
    Low Intensity schedule**
    80 400 710 550 1,100
    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
    Warranty*** 80% of Estimated Life, to a Maximum Warranty Period of 6 months

    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.
    ** High Intensity schedule calculated with 5 minute fix intervals, low intensity schedule calculated with daily fix attempts.
    *** All PinPoint Tags are Warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship under Normal Use for a period of 80% of Estimated Life for the first deployment schedule, unless otherwise specified, to a specified Maximum Warranty Period. The Tags should function (meaning to charge and take fixes) for the entirety of the Tag’s Maximum Warranty Period.

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

    Specifications correct as of October 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

    Migratory pathways, stopover zones and wintering destinations of Western European Nightjars Caprimulgus europaeus
    Ruben Evens, Greg J. Conway, Ian G. Henderson, Brian Creswell, Frédéric Jiguet, Caroline Moussy, Didier Sénécal, Nele Witters, Natalie Beenaerts and Tom Artois
    Ibis 159(3): 680-686 DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12469


    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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