The Thermal Predator Camera automatically detects movement and uploads videos to the cloud where they are analysed using machine vision algorithms to detect predators and birds.
The videos and statistics on the animals found can be viewed on the cacophony portal.
This provides the easiest, most effective and most cost effective way of monitoring predator numbers. These claims are backed up by the results from a Lincoln University study into the effectiveness of these thermal cameras. This study showed that these cameras are
- 3.5x more sensitive than infrared trail cameras for possum detection
- 200x faster to analyse
- 8x cheaper per detection
Another study showed that the cameras are 5-20 times more sensitive for detecting rats.
At the moment the model can automatically identify:
- rodents (rats and mice)
- mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels)
- leporidae (rabbits and hares)
This thermal camera can work online or offline. If the camera is within cell phone coverage and has a modem then the videos will be uploaded to the cloud as they are recorded. If the camera is not within cell phone range, or the there is no modem then the videos are stored on the camera and will be uploaded, either when the camera is bought back into cell phone reception of WIFI, or they can be wirelessly transferred from the camera to a phone using app called sidekick (read more about sidekick).
The camera includes a year's worth of cloud storage. Additional storage and connectivity can be bought separately. This video shows what it's like to use the Cacophony Portal.
The camera can be powered by a battery or a mains power supply. The power supply, batteries and charger are each sold separately. It is recommended that the camera is mounted on a secure tripod or post. These are sold separately. The battery, charger and tripod/post can also be bought as a combo, saving money.
"I really appreciate the ongoing tech support and modifications you’re providing to our team. It is hugely valued and a great comfort when spending up large (for conservation budgets) on new tech tools." Matt Maitland, Senior Ranger Open Sanctuaries
View the thermal camera accessories.
Download the thermal camera manual.
The camera hardware and software, along with the machine vision algorithms and cloud storage portal have all been developed by The Cacophony Project, a not for profit organisation. A proportion of the proceeds will be donated to The Cacophony Project so they can continue to develop technology to help New Zealand become predator free.