FASTCAT-Edge: build your own intelligent camera trap to record only videos and pictures of wildlife activity and quickly identify the species names.
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FASTCAT (Flexible Ai SysTem for CAmera Traps)-Edge allows you to assemble an artificial intelligence camera trap that:
(1) Automatically filters out most unwanted pictures and video streams, keeping images of animals. Therefore, you will save time in removing empty recordings or photos.
(2) The camera trap uses bespoke Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically identify species, which means that you will see the suggested species names when you export the images to your computer.
(3) Provides 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 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.
Development & functioning
This camera trap consists in an architecture that constantly records and uses AI to decide when it needs to trigger, so it has already captured the best frames when needed. This means that the system is very innovative in that the camera is always on and looking for animals and when the system “thinks” it has spotted an animal, it already has the image, so there is not delay from motion being detected to the image being taken, while other camera traps often miss the right frame because of the time to react. For example, if there is a lot of motion, that doesn’t mean an animal just passed; it could have just been leaves falling from a tree. The idea is that this system can detect the difference.
The animal detection machine learning model integrated into the camera trap also detects small animals that are sometimes missed with standard commercial camera traps because they need a minimum heat threshold to be set. It also detects fast animals because there is no delay from motion being detected to the image being taken.
How can you create your own intelligent camera trap?
Follow the FASTCAT-Edge code and guide to set up your camera trap. This do-it-yourself (DIY) device uses Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer capable of executing the bespoke capture software and providing all the intelligent functionalities of FASTCAT embedded in your device.
Innovation for the camera trap community
Code and guideline to build your own intelligent camera trap:
Camera trap logo:
Questions & answers
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