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An Integrated System for Wildlife Sensing

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Technical Report,15 Aug 2013,14 May 2014

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg United States

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This report describes the development of an integrated system for collecting visual data video and still images from an infrared camera along with registered sensor data including GPS location from an Android device. The camera is a FLIR BHM-Series product, and custom Android software was developed and tested using Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 phones. The user initiates a custom software app on the Android device, and then the user operates the camera as normal to acquire image and video files. After imaging operations have been completed, the user returns to the Android app and selects commands that cause image and video files to be transferred from the camera to the Android device over a USB connection. The app will then synchronize the image and video files with sensor data from the Android, and will store the resulting data in an integrated format. This system can be used in low-light conditions for detection of wildlife, and therefore has the potential to improve the accuracy of wildlife population survey efforts.

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