Audio and Scent Lure Rat Experiment (August - September 2019)
Author: David Blake
David Blake is a semi-retired property investor who now likes to spend his time trapping pests and planting native trees. From time to time he helps out by volunteering at The Cacophony Project doing some filming and occasionally contributing to parts of the software.
Thermal cameras vs conventional cameras for predator detection in NZ
Conventional trail cameras are cheap and offer high image resolutions. They are designed for detecting larger animals such as pigs and deer.
Effectiveness vs Power Consumption
Some of the predator monitoring and trapping solutions we are developing require more power than traditional tools.
First morepork automatically identified
We're really excited about 2040, a social venture that is commercialising the technologies developed by the Cacophony Project. They've recently published a blog article about some ongoing research by Tim Hunt from Wintec who is using audio recordings gathered by the Bird Monitor product to automatically detect and identify morepork calls.
A powerful new way to test sound lures
We have created a new tool that allows us to test many different methods to lure and capture predators of any type, using sound and thermal vision. We are calling this tool the Cacophony Predator Lab.
In this blog article, we will discuss how sound lure experiments can be set up to test the effectiveness of various sounds for attracting possums. The sound lure software is configured from a web interface that allows you to upload any set of sounds and play them at any volume or time sequence.
Predictive Tracking Using Kalman Filtering
Author: Ben McEwen
Hi, I’m Ben. I am a student in my final year of Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Canterbury. This semester I have been working with the Cacophony Project to explore improved ways of tracking animals in video footage for better predator recognition and for the elimination of invasive predator species.
Why specialised thermal cameras are well suited to NZ predator management
Recent testing of the Cacophony Project's thermal camera has reinforced how good this type of technology is for predator monitoring and control. This blog post highlights the core reasons that the thermal camera developed by The Cacophony Project is a great technology for this application.
The importance of scent trails
Authors: Grant Ryan, James Ross, Elaine Murphy and Merel Jansen
As highlighted in earlier blog posts, the Cacophony Thermal camera is much more sensitive for the detection of predators than the next best to
Techweek 2019: Tech for Good panel
Last week, Menno Finlay-Smits from the Cacophony Project participated on a Techweek 2019 panel which was centred on the idea of "Tech for Good". The panelists each represented an organisations that each attempt to "do good" in the world in its own way.