The Thermal Predator Camera automatically detects movement and uploads videos to the cloud where they are analysed using machine vision algorithms to detect birds and different types of predators.
The videos and statistics on the predators 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 initial 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
This thermal camera can work online or offline. If the camera is within cellphone 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 locally 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.
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. This is also sold separately. The battery, charger and tripod can also be bought as a combo.
View the thermal camera accessories.
Download the thermal camera manual.
Check out blog posts about the thermal camera.
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.