Biotrack secures production licence for bird-tracking device

The rights to produce and market innovative bird-tracking devices developed by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has been granted to UK company Biotrack as part of a technology-transfer agreement.

The tiny loggers — geolocators — were developed by BAS scientists and engineers as part of studies into the foraging distribution and behaviour of albatrosses in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.

For the past decade, the geolocators have also been used in numerous tracking studies of birds and seals by collaborating biologists from other leading research organisations around the world.

According to a statement, the licensing deal, which was facilitated by the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN, demonstrates BAS’s commitment to working with SMEs.