Low power wireless monitoring for wildlife management
Thesis DisciplineEngineering Management
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Engineering Management
Animal monitoring devices are deployed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in remote areas. Currently this requires field workers to visit each device on a regular basis, which is costly and time consuming. This report details wireless technologies that would allow remote monitoring of these devices to bring about increased operational efficiency for DOC. Of particular interest is the wireless transmission of images through forested terrain.
While traditionally recognised as a difficult environment for wireless communications, research undertaken has indicated transmissions at 27 MHz are capable of achieving the feat. Development of a working system is greatly reduced through the use of Slow Scan Television technology; however justification for the system requires further study into particular case studies.