An IOT smart rodent bait station system utilizing computer vision
journal contributionposted on 2020-11-20, 08:53 authored by Robert RossRobert Ross, Lyle ParsonsLyle Parsons, Ba Son ThaiBa Son Thai, Richard HallRichard Hall, M Kaushik
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Across the world billions of dollars of damage are attributed to rodents, resulting in them being classified collectively as the biggest animal pest in the world. At a commercial scale most pest control companies employ the labour intensive approach of deploying and manually monitoring rodenticide bait stations. In this paper was present, RatSpy, a visual, low-power bait station monitoring system which wirelessly reports both on bait station levels and intruders entering the bait station. The smart bait stations report data back to a custom designed cloud platform. The system performance was evaluated under realistic field conditions (on an active cattle farm) with initial results showing significant potential in terms of reducing manual labour, improving scalability and data.