Wildlife monitoring using satellite and wireless sensor network: Wireless Internet Sensing Environment (WiSE)

Scott Newey* (Corresponding Author), Sajid Nazir, Fabio Verdicchio, Gorry Fairhurst, Justin Irvine, Rene Van Der Wal, Iain Learmonth

*Corresponding author for this work

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The use of camera traps has become increasingly popular in recent years as camera technology has improved and equipment costs have decreased. Despite their popularity and widespread use current, commercially available camera traps suffer a number of weaknesses, and have so far failed to embrace the advantages of wireless, satellite and Internet technology. The dot.rural WiSE (Wireless Internet Sensing Environment) project is researching and testing new digital image capture and transport techniques for remote and automated wildlife monitoring. Here we describe a solar powered system that is currently deployed and live in the Cairngorms National Park. The system combines image and video capture to monitor a remote study site. Image capture is controlled by multiple, configurable sensors that can run singularly or in series. The system includes sufficient processing power to allow on-board image processing to reduce the volume of unwanted (false positive) images and management of metadata. The system is linked via satellite Internet that allows two way communications between the system and end user. Successful field testing of the system has shown the potential advantages of remote image capture, data access and system management over satellite Internet in wildlife research, and indeed any remote asset management scenario.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2014
EventDigital Conservation Conference - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 May 201423 May 2014


ConferenceDigital Conservation Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

This project is funded by Scottish Government's Rural and Environmental Science and Analytical Services and the Research Councils UK dot.rural Digital Economy Hub.


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