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A Czech SME is looking for a commercial agency agreement for its smart camera surveillance system for animals observation

Country of origin:
Country: 
CZECHIA
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOCZ20200611001
Published
11/06/2020
Last update
03/08/2020
Expiration date
18/07/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Micro and Nanotechnology related to Electronics and Microelectronics
Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems
Databases, Database Management, Data Mining
Audio / video
Security systems
Other data communications
Databases and on-line information services
Circuit boards
Animal health
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
Manufacture of electronic components
Manufacture of loaded electronic boards
Manufacture of other electronic and electric wires and cables
Other information technology and computer service activities
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Summary

Summary: 
A Czech SME dealing with embedded technologies has developed in cooperation with a Czech university a camera surveillance system enabling birds/animals observation online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It consists of a nest box, embedded electronics, cables, proprietary software and built-in internet connections. The SME is looking for partners from industry or academia interested in commercial agency agreement.

Description

Description: 

The problem of the long‐term surveillance of cavity or box‐nesting species is addressed by the Czech SME dealing with embedded technologies in a close cooperation with one of the Czech universities. They jointly offer a solution based on a “camera surveillance system” which is comprised of a regular nest box with additional space to house all the required components. The system consist of one or two HD cameras, an event detector placed in the opening (infra-red light barrier), environmental sensors (a thermometer, a humidity meter, a barometer, an illumination sensor, a magnetometer), and can be further extended by other components (an RFID reader, an infra-red thermometer, a weighing system). The system is operated by two operating systems, running simultaneously on an embedded computer.

Camera recording and video analysis have emerged as a successful non‐invasive method for collecting a wide range of biological data on many different species. However, camera monitoring is currently very rarely applied to long‐term surveillance of cavity or box‐nesting species and so far only ordinary off‐the‐shelf cameras are being utilized.

The offered system is designed for automatic video recording of bird’s activity based on the event detector, and permanent acquisition of environmental data. These are stored on an embedded MicroSD card and automatically submitted to the central servers at night-time. The internet connection is realized by an Ethernet cable, which also provides electric power by PoE (Power over Ethernet) mechanism. Alternatively, the system can be operated offline, being powered by a 12 Volts traction battery.

The standard online variant also offers live video streaming, accessible both from the local network (private streaming) and from the internet (public streaming).

The solution provided allows for example observation of birds’ parental activities and their timing, the diet composition and frequency of prey delivery, the manner of prey storage, the light intensity at the time of each parental activity, the temperature inside the clutch and outside the box and the duration of nestling period of each young.

The smart camera surveillance system can be easily adjusted for research on other species (mammals, bees etc.) as well. As a result, the smart camera surveillance system could be used not only for diurnal and nocturnal animals breeding in nest boxes or bigger cavities, but also to research any animal where the action of interest is triggered by actively crossing a specific spot.

In the case of commercial agency agreement: installations of the smart camera surveillance system on the local market with the help from the Czech SME and representation of the company on the market.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
- Non-invasive method for observing birds or other species (mammals, bees etc.) - Embedded technology allows online non-stop monitoring - Possibility to study both nocturnal and diurnal animal species and great flexibility in use of the software and hardware for different tasks - Automatic video recording - Automatic data submission via internet connection - Live video streaming - Adaptable for various species

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Type of partner: - Research institution, environmental protection agency, university departments carrying out research concerning birds or other species etc. The partner sought should ideally have access to end users, research centres and institutions in the fields of embedded electronics, environmental agencies etc. Field of activity of partner: Animals observation, nature protection, distribution of equipment for biology researchers etc. - Task to be performed: In the case of commercial agency agreement: Representation of the company on the market and installation of the smart camera surveillance system on the local market with the help from the Czech SME.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

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Detail of the smart camera surveillance system for animals observation

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Detail of the smart camera surveillance system for animals observation

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Detail of the smart camera surveillance system for animals observation

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Detail of the smart camera surveillance system for animals observation