FASTCAT-Cloud: upload and analyse all your nature videos and pictures on the FASTCAT-Cloud website: receive only information on relevant images and recordings of wildlife activity and quickly identify the species names with Artificial Intelligence (AI).
FASTCAT (Flexible Ai System for CAmera Traps)-Cloud is an open website service able to:
(1) Automatically filter out most unwanted pictures and video streams, keeping images of animals. This saves you time as empty recordings or photos can be removed automatically.
(2) Integrate machine learning technology (a subset of AI – Artificial Intelligence) to automatically identify species, which means that you will see the suggested species names for each image.
(3) Provide you with the ability to obtain counts (number of species recorded or photographed), i.e. how many different species have been sighted this week, or how many times you have photographed a fox in the last 30 days.
(4) Eventually, this website service will connect with biodiversity citizen observatories. So, if you are a citizen scientist that uses a camera trap, you will be able to easily upload the picture to some platforms such as iSpot or SensorThingsAPI plus. The idea is to create a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows you to view the proposed species name. If you accept the suggested classification from the system, the picture is uploaded to any of the chosen biodiversity citizen observatories with the proposed identification name.
Development & how it works
The website service integrates an AI model to decide which frames, both from images and videos, contain an animal. This means that it will remove most images that are not useful (e.g. no animals present, near duplicates, false positives due to wind movement, etc.). The camera trap uses bespoke AI to automatically identify species and allows the user to automatically update the number of species, both from videos and pictures.
Innovation for the camera trap community
Test the FASTCAT-Cloud demo:
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Questions & answers
Yes, the system can detect humans (as an animal class) and they can be removed or counted as such. However, we do not provide recognition of any other features (gender, etc.), just the label ‘human.’
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