One of the most revolutionary technologies designed to track aquatic species is acoustic telemetry. This method of tracking allows Smithsonian scientists to investigate organisms that couldn’t be studied easily before because satellite and other tracking technologies don’t work under water.
A classic example of Smithsonian scientists leading the way in tracking technology is with the PinPoint GPS they developed with Lotek Wireless. This revolutionary tracker is designed to fit songbirds that scientists have never been able to track due to previous weight restrictions from bulky tags.
Movement studies have been revolutionized for terrestrial organisms with advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) and satellite technology. Most land-based organisms studied by the Smithsonian, from reticulated giraffes to scimitar-horned oryx, are tracked using GPS technology.