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WildTrack: An IoT System for Tracking Passive-RFID Microchipped Wildlife for Ecology Research

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posted on 21.09.2022, 06:43 authored by Robert RossRobert Ross, Ben Anderson, Brian Bienvenu, Emily SciclunaEmily Scicluna, Kylie RobertKylie Robert
Wildlife tracking is used to acquire information on the movement, behaviour and survival of animals in their natural habitat for a wide range of ecological questions. However, tracking and monitoring free-ranging animals in the field is typically labour-intensive and particularly difficult in species that are small, cryptic, or hard to re-capture. In this paper, we describe and evaluate an Internet-of-Things (IoT)-based tracking system which automatically logs detected passive RFID tags and uploads them to the cloud. This system was successfully evaluated with 90 sensor modules deployed in a 30 ha wildlife sanctuary to monitor a small nocturnal mammal of less than 20 g in body size.

Funding

This research was funded by a grant from the Securing Food, Water and Environment (SFWE) Research Focus Area (RFA) to K.A.R. and R.R.

History

Publication Date

08/08/2022

Journal

Automation

Volume

3

Issue

3

Pagination

13p. (p. 426-438)

Publisher

MDPI

Rights Statement

© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).