Solar Powered PIR Security System to Monitor Wildlife

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This poster discusses research on building a solar powered PIR security system to monitor wildlife. Researchers introduce the concept of off-grid wildlife video monitoring using a security system, a microcontroller, passive infrared motion sensor and the solar panels with a battery bank.

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15 p.: ill.

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Jones, Raechelle; Meyer, Chelsea; Wolf, Lori; Acevedo, Miguel F. & Williams, Jennifer 2013.

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This poster discusses research on building a solar powered PIR security system to monitor wildlife. Researchers introduce the concept of off-grid wildlife video monitoring using a security system, a microcontroller, passive infrared motion sensor and the solar panels with a battery bank.

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15 p.: ill.

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Abstract: This paper introduces the concept of off-grid wildlife video monitoring using a security system, a microcontroller, passive infrared motion sensor and solar panels with a battery bank. We discuss heat challenges, proper placement of equipment, proofs of concept of the on grid system and off grid system, testing the survivability of the equipment located inside a waterproof box over a six day period in a Texas summer environment with temperatures over 100°F. Further discussed are the design of a battery bank, and of a structure that can accommodate mounting the three solar panels as well as to shade the equipment located inside a weather proof box. The system includes: two lead acid batteries, a DVR, an Arduino microcontroller and a relay that receives an excitation signal to turn on and off the cameras. This design was created to monitor the burrowing owl population in Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas. Monitoring the owls will help gain an understanding of their roosting behavior and diet. This effort could help to keep them off the endangered species list.

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This presentation discusses research on solar powered wildlife monitoring systems. The goal of the project was to develop an off grid video system using solar power for collecting visual data of the burrowing owl roosting behavior in the West Texas region.

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  • Sept. 13, 2013, 2:58 p.m.

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Jones, Raechelle; Meyer, Chelsea; Wolf, Lori; Acevedo, Miguel F. & Williams, Jennifer. Solar Powered PIR Security System to Monitor Wildlife, report, 2013; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181673/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Engineering.