Analysis of GPS and Acceleration Data
Towards a better understanding of wild animals


Firetail can cope with current studies that encompass over 1 million GPS fixes and 50+ million acceleration samples interactively. Naturally, Firetail works great on small datasets as well. Field work has carried you away from civilisation? Firetail is capable to work offline. All trajectories and sensor data are fully synchronized, so all factors that matter may be taken into account.


Join observed individuals in Firetail to annotate behaviour, recognize migration patterns and interpret interaction. Restrict to custom periods of time and regions of interest. Observe your high-resolution data on arbitrary granularity.

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For me, Firetail represents a whole new level of behavioral research in biology. Digitalization and recent developments in tracking technology allowed for an enormous growth in sample size and available data, yet small-grained pieces of information are lost by the increasing distance between researcher and study animal.

Using Firetail, this gap is bridged. The scientist gets up close to the studied animal again.

Dr. Jörg Melzheimer Cheetah Research Project, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research



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If you use Firetail or Firetail Free in your work, please cite:

M. Berger, T. Petri, M. Gentile, and F. Schäuffelhut, “Firetail 6 – a fast and versatile software for the visualization and analysis of tagged animal data,” Schäuffelhut Berger GmbH, Version 6, Aug. 2021. [Online]. Available from:



Acceleration Segmentation

Features Feb 2021

Large scale data - Cloud Scenes

Acceleration Data

Cat hunting patterns BR

e-obs logger



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Movebank is an initiative by the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. Access your data immediately after the upload. Firetail provides you with an interface to Movebank and enables the immediate analysis of your public and private data sets. Load – explore – discover.

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E-obs devices reliably capture high-resolution GPS and acceleration data. The measurements are enriched with an ever growing set of additional sensors for temperature, height, orientation (IMU) and speed — empowering your research with unprecedented detail and context. Firetail supports state-of-the-art e-obs features natively. The perfect match!



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