FASTCAT-Cloud: upload and analyze all of your nature videos and pictures to the FASTCAT-Cloud website: receive only information on relevant images and recordings of wildlife activity and quickly identify the species names thanks to Artificial Intelligence.
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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. Therefore, you will save time in removing empty recordings or photos.
(2) Integrate a machine learning technology (AI – Artificial Intelligence) to automatically identify species, which means that you will see the suggested species names for each image.
(3) Provide you with 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 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, Artportalen or Natusfera. 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 (iSpot, Artportalen, Natusfera, etc.) with the proposed identification name.
Development & functioning
The website service integrates an artificial intelligent model to decide which frames, both from images or 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 Artificial Intelligence to automatically identify species and to count the number of species, both from videos and pictures.
Innovation for the camera trap community
The main problem for camera trap users is that they get hundreds (or thousands) of pictures that they (1) have to filter (some of them just captured the movement of the background plants/trees due to the wind, not because an animal appears) and (2) have to label the images properly. This service will address such problems.
There is no similar service (a) for camera-trap systems (partial solutions exist) and (b) on the cloud.
Camera trap, artificial intelligence, wildlife activity, machine learning.
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