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Harvard Forest Symposium Abstract 2015

  • Title: Design of a Wireless Sensor Network for Wildlife Monitoring
  • Primary Author: Paul Siqueira (University of Massachusetts - Amherst )
  • Abstract:

    WCNN (Wireless Camera Node Network) is a wireless sensor network composed of environmental sensors and cameras used to remotely monitor wildlife populations. WCNN consists of multiple nodes organized into a tree-like network structure. The nodes will be designed to be able to be attached to trees and capture images of medium and large mammals during the daytime.

    Wildlife conservation has been a growing concern with many species becoming endangered or extinct. Wildlife must be monitored to measure how populations change over time. Important data collected from monitoring wildlife can be used to track changes in population sizes and how populations migrate to different locations.

    In this system, each individual node contains a camera, a temperature sensor, and a humidity sensor. The nodes capture images when motion is detected and send the images and sensor data to a server. The nodes that are out of reach from the server will send data to other intermediate nodes before reaching the server. The server will send the received images and sensor data to a website for analysis.

  • Research Category: Group Projects