Big Fin Scientific Digital Fish Boards

The Big Fin Scientific DCS5 is the ultimate electronic measurement and data-entry board for fish: waterproof, battery-powered and low-cost. The boards provide millimeter-accurate measurements and “hot-key” areas along the length to enter other information, keeping your wet/gloved fingers off of your tablet or PC.

Pair the DCS5 boards with DCSLinkstream, the incredibly capable and easy-to-learn Android data application for fish. Connect DCSLinkstream with PIT tag readers, weight scales, bar-code scanners and label printers.

You can also connect the DCS5 boards to your own application, using an open, easy-to-use protocol.

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The DCS5 digital fish-measurement board from Big Fin Scientific is the 5th generation of fish-board, with a design informed by thousands of hours of field operation over 11 years of development.

The boards offer lowest-cost and lowest-maintenance in the industry, afforded by a unique approach to waterproofing only the minimum volumes necessary, minimizing electronics components and a modular approach which decreases unneeded accessory components.

Currently in use at many US and international organizations, the DCS5 boards provide reliable, accurate and error-free data-entry for fish-monitoring and studies.

  • Eliminate data transcription errors from pen-and-paper approaches.
  • Data is instantly available.
  • Gather more data, faster.

DCSLinkstream from Big Fin Scientific is a low-cost, data-gathering application made specifically for fish, often used with the DCS5 boards:

  • Connect a DCS5 fish-board, a weight scale, PIT reader, barcode scanner and sample-label printer, concurrently, over Bluetooth.
  • Print labels for bio-samples directly from DCSLinkstream, on demand.
  • Pull up a full historical record of every encounter with a particular PIT tag.
  • Pre-load a PIT-tag Action List, with actions to be performed for each PIT tag or group of tags, as they’re encountered.
  • Assign attributes to batches of fish, independent but linked to their individual attributes.
  • Easily create custom pick-list fields.
  • Share Study designs with colleagues – everyone can take data the same way.
  • Real-time Tally and Calculation fields give you feedback as you’re taking data.
  • Fish individuals are assigned a Global Unique ID, useful for traceability with bio-samples and data archives.
  • Runs on low-cost Android tablets such as the waterproof Samsung Active Tab series.

Please contact Big Fin Scientific to receive more information about the DCS5 boards and DCSLinkstream.

Contact Information

Chris Carroll
Phone: (512) 808-0346


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