FASTCAT-Edge

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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Service description

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.

We are working on this service, it will be available soon!
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Innovation for the camera trap community

  • A do-it-yourself (DIY) camera trap, i.e., a camera you can place in a covert location, which will automatically record wildlife activity.
  • Save time in selecting the images and videos: the camera greatly reduces the amount of unwanted data to store or filter.
  • Capture thousands of animal photos and videos, including small or fast animals that are often missed with standard camera traps, because it constantly records and uses AI to decide when it needs to trigger, so it has already captured the best frames when needed. Other camera traps often miss the right frame because of the time to react.
  • Design your own observation pipeline around this camera trap, as the camera trap is a general purpose computer.
  • Provides you with counts (number of species recorded or photographed).
  • Share your wildlife images with citizen science projects.

Keywords:

VIDEO DATA REDUCTION, COMPRESSION, FILTERING, ROI ANALYSIS, CONTENT ANALYSIS, COUNTING ANIMALS

Code and guideline to build your own intelligent camera trap:

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Questions & answers

  • Will FASTCAT-Edge be able to filter out both images and videos?

Yes.

  • Can I select which species subsets I want to record? For example, if I’m interested only in recording the images/videos with foxes?
Yes, FASTCAT-Edge is a general-purpose computer so that you can design your observation project around this camera trap.
  • If I already have a camera trap, can I install FASTCAT-Edge?
It depends if your camera trap system is open or not. However, you can also use the FASTCAT-Cloud website, which has the same functionalities: it filters out unwanted images/videos and helps you identify the species names.
  • Will FASTCAT-Edge be able to detect small and fast animals?
Yes. 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.
  • Can the system detect humans?
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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You will be able to network with other professionals and projects.

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