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.
Depth, temperature, and light-level data, among others, are collected and summarized for transmission and archived in onboard memory. Then on a preset date set by the researcher, the tag releases from its host animal, surfaces, and uploads a summary of the archived data to Argos satellites.
Developed with a focus on reliability, ruggedness, and ease of use, the MiniPAT features a stable low-drag shape, a strong integrated nosecone and pin, and a pinger for radio tracking recovery.
Our latest design offers the benefit of a more resilient nosecone and pin. The nosecone will no longer separate from the tag and will not stay with the tether after the pin burns to pop up. This design allows for much stronger retention and thereby increasing the probability of longer deployments.
This user guide gives you all the essential information needed for interacting with, configuring, and deploying this tag.
64-bit USB Driver 18-Dec-2017
Driver for the Wildlife Computers USB-Blue communications cable. A 32-bit version is available on our Downloads page.
Administer settings to your tag.
A statistical model for estimating animal movements. GPE3 is an integrated component of the Wildlife Computers Data Portal and runs exclusively on our servers.
Below are the physical specifications of the MiniPAT. A full description of the features is available on the downloadable MiniPAT Product Features (PDF).
|Sensors||Wet/Dry, Depth, Temperature, Light|
|Depth Sensor Range||0-1700 m|
|Depth Sensor Resolution||0.5 m|
|Depth Sensor Accuracy||±1% of reading|
|Temperature Sensor Range||-40° C to 60° C|
|Temperature sensor Resolution||0.05° C|
|Temperature Sensor Accuracy||±0.1° C|
|Conductivity Operational Limits||0.1 to 5 S/m|
|Light Sensor||5 x 10-12W.cm-2 to 5 x 10-2W.cm-2|
|Operating Temperature Rating (°C)||-20° C to 50° C|
|Recommended Storage Temperature Range (°C)||0° C to 5° C|
|Dimensions||118 mm (length) x 38 mm (diameter)|
|Weight in Air||61 g|
|Pressure Rating||2000 m|
|Maximum Deployment Length||2 years|