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The estimation of rodent population in an area with the use of IR&RGB camera images and USV sounds.

Berg, M.A van den (2022) The estimation of rodent population in an area with the use of IR&RGB camera images and USV sounds.

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Abstract:Every year billions of dollars of damage are being dealt to agriculture and houses by rodents, which results in rodents being classified as the biggest animal pest in the world. Rodents tend to not only affect agriculture by eating and spoiling large amounts of food they also affect water supplies and disease spread. Over thirty-five diseases can be transmitted by rodents including for example severe diseases like plague and Salmonella. Taking all these facts into account, it is obvious that the rodent population should be monitored and if necessary controlled. In order to control the population rodenticides need to be evaluated which can be done once a monitoring device has been established. This research explores the possibility of creating an energy-efficient monitoring device which can identify rodents in a certain area with the use of sensors. The sensors entail a combination of an IR camera, an ultrasonic sensor and an PIR sensor. Some of the main findings are that the camera provides excellent range in darkness and provides high quality images. The ultrasonic and PIR sensor provide good quality till 3 meters which can be used to trigger data capturing. In order to extend the range further calibration can be done or new technologies can be used such as Radar. Radar proved to be a high quality option up to at least 10 meters.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general, 53 electrotechnology, 54 computer science
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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