Wildlife Crossing: Web-Connected Cameras Offer Improved Monitoring for Highways

This project is the first demonstration of an affordable, accessible remote camera system that continuously streams data through structured Web systems that State agencies can use to study wildlife movement around transportation corridors. At present, remote wildlife camera systems (known as camera traps) are typically checked manually by transportation agency staff, who download the data collected. This is costly for agencies and can be dangerous for workers. Researchers have developed a model system that any transportation agency can use in areas with wired, wireless, or cellular system connectivity, including using the system in conjunction with existing traffic camera infrastructure and adding wildlife monitoring to the data stream. The model system features a Web interface that enables easier transmission and sharing of data across agencies and potentially with the general public as well. Researchers are investigating the use of image analysis software to automate the identification of common wildlife species captured in pictures from the remote cameras, because no such system is currently available for wildlife image analysis. Automated identification would help standardize data collection across transportation agencies and provide significant time savings to agencies.


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  • Accession Number: 01593944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HRT-16-033
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2016 7:59AM