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MiniPAT

The MiniPAT is a pop-up archival transmitting tag (PAT tag, also known as a PSAT). It is a sophisticated combination of archival and Argos satellite technology. PAT tags are designed to track the large-scale movements and behavior of fish and other animals which do not spend enough time at the surface to allow the use of real-time Argos satellite tags. Sensor data are collected during deployment and archived in onboard memory. Then on a preset date, the tag releases from its host animal, surfaces, and uploads a summary of the archived data to Argos satellites.
  • Flexible programing allows the researcher to customize and prioritize data transmission and release parameters.
  • A complete record of depth, temperature and light-level readings are stored. Should the MiniPAT be recovered, the full archive is available for download.
  • A corrodible pin allows the release of the MiniPAT from the fish on a pre-programmed date or when certain conditions indicating the tag is no longer on the fish (premature release) are met.
  • Once released, the tag floats to the surface so data can be transmitted.
  • The pinger allows for ratio tracking recovery.
Below are the physical specifications of the MiniPAT. A full description of the features is available on the downloadable MiniPAT Product Features (PDF).
Attachment type Towed
Sensors Depth, Temperature, Light
Depth sensor range 1700m
Depth sensor resolution 0.5 m
Depth sensor accuracy +/- 1% of reading
Temperature sensor range -40 to 60°C
Temperature sensor resolution 0.05°C
Temperature sensor accuracy +/- 0.1°C
Light sensor 5 x 10-12W.cm-2 to 5 x 10-2W.cm-2
Wet/dry sensor Yes
Length (mm) 124mm
Diameter (mm) 38mm
Weight (g) 60g
Pressure rating (m) 2000m
Operating temperature rating (°C) -20 to 50°C
Recommended storage temperature range (°C) 5 to -20°C
Memory 16 MB
Maximum deployment length 2 years
Permanent archive of sampled data:
  • Vertical depth movement
  • Environmental temperature
Data transmitted at release:
  • Tracking Data: Light-based Geolocation
  • Depth/Temperature Time-Series: Detailed sampled data
  • Diving Behavior: Time-at-Depth Histograms, Time-Series Depth
  • Temperature Profiles: Profile of Depth and Temp (PDT), Mixed Layer Analysis, Time-Series Temperature, Time-at-Temperature Histograms
  • Mortality Detection
  • Argos quality pop-up locations
MiniPAT User Guide
Detailed description of MiniPAT features. Includes instructions on how to use Tag Agent to set up and deploy the MiniPAT.
USB-Blue Driver Version: 8.00.50727 15-Jan-2009
Driver for the Wildlife Computers USB-Blue communications cable.

Tag Agent only works on Windows XP or higher.

Tag Agent administers the following tags:

BathyGraph, DSA, mrPAT, PTR, SPOT5, SPOT6, SPOT6-F, MiniPAT

The following are required: By installing Tag Agent, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

General Terms Agreement

This agreement relates to software provided free of charge for the purposes of managing Wildlife Computer tags (“Software”).

  1. Acceptance of Terms
    • By using the Software of Wildlife Computers in any way, including using, transmitting, downloading or uploading the Software, you agree to these General Terms.
    • You may not use the Software, or accept the General Terms, if (i) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Wildlife Computers, or (ii) you are prohibited by law from receiving or using the Software, or (iii) you are using it in conjunction with data generated from any other manufacturer’s tags.
  2. Use of Software
    • You agree to not use this Software for any commercial purpose, or to transfer it to anyone who intends to use it for a commercial purpose, without written permission from Wildlife Computers. For the purposes of this section, “commercial purpose” means the use of the software for a fee, charge or other consideration, or directly or indirectly in connection with any business, or other undertaking intended for profit.
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    • Unless expressly agreed to by Wildlife Computers in writing elsewhere, Wildlife Computers has no obligation to store any materials that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available through your use of the Software. Wildlife Computers has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or accuracy of any materials, including your content, the failure to store, transmit or receive transmission of materials, or the security, privacy, storage or transmission of other communications originating with or involving use of the Software.
    • You agree to use the Software only for purposes that are permitted by the General Terms and any applicable law, regulation, or generally accepted practices or guidelines in any applicable jurisdiction (including any laws regarding the export of data or Software to and from the United States or other applicable countries) ("Law"). These General Terms specifically prohibit use of this Software in analyzing data from tags made by other manufacturers.
    • You agree not to access or attempt to access the Software by any means other than the interface provided by Wildlife Computers.
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