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First crack at a digital trigger

One of the most important components in our set of tools is a digital trigger.  We define a digital trigger as using a camera to decide when to activate a trap rather than using a trip plate or motion sensor.  Such a trigger would allow trap designers (including us) to design open trap entrances without having to worry about the risk of harming our precious taonga.  So we've been working on just such a trigger and today we'd like to share some of our findings with you.

Total Cost of Ownership: Trailcams vs cognified Thermal Cams

Conservation projects need to make hard decisions based on the cost of deployments and the cost of a camera network can be considerable.  As with any technology purchase, it can be misleading to consider only the initial purchase cost of the device - there are a number of factors that influence the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of your camera setup.  We've worked with DOC to look into what the true TCO of a camera set up is. 

How accurate is Artificial Intelligence for predator recognition?

One of the most common questions we get asked is how accurate our Artificial Intelligence(AI) solution for predator identification is. But we suggest more useful questions are:

  • How accurate is predator identification at different distances? 
  • How does accuracy compare to humans?
  • How accurate does it need to be in order to be useful?