From Drone Light Shows to Environmental Conservation: UgCS Drone Fleet Software Helps Scientists Count Penguin Chicks

From Drone Light Shows to Environmental Conservation: UgCS Drone Fleet Software Helps Scientists Count Penguin Chicks

UcGS drone fleet software counts Adelie penguins

An in depth up picture of chicks from the bottom taken just some days earlier than the survey (c) Annie Schmidt/Point Blue

What one drone can do, a number of drones can do sooner.  Scientists have been ready to make use of a number of UAVs, managed by UgCS drone fleet software program from SPH Engineering, to survey one of many largest Adélie penguin colonies on this planet in below 3 hours.

UgCS drone fleet software program has been used for every part from drone mild exhibits to geospatial knowledge purposes.  Scientists from Stanford University, Point Blue Conservation Science and Conservation Metrics have been ready to make use of the UgCS software program to develop a system to autonomously survey an enormous colony of Adélie penguins within the Antarctic.  Using a number of drones, the mission which might have taken 3 days was accomplished in a fraction of the time.  “Thousands of high-resolution pictures have been taken on every survey,” says the press launch.  These pictures shall be used with an AI mannequin (Conservation Metrics) at present below growth to robotically determine and rely grownup penguins and their chicks.

‘Using UgCS with a customized route planning algorithm (Stanford) our workforce effectively photographed over 300,000 breeding pairs of penguins at Cape Crozier, Antarctica. Ultimately these surveys will contribute to giant scale assessments of penguin populations and breeding success, key metrics for monitoring the well being of the Antarctic marine ecosystem’, Annie Schmidt, a researcher at Point Blue Conservation Science, explains.

Drone picture taken throughout a survey to rely chicks (the grey, fluffy penguins) in mid- January, 2021 (© Point Blue)


The first picture exhibits the uncooked picture from the drone and the second is zoomed in on the identical picture to point out the view when coaching the counting mannequin.

From the press launch:

The analysis was funded by the National Science Foundation and carried out below Antarctic Conservation Act Permit #ACA 2020-005. A multi-drone imaging system was put to the check in Antarctica in 2020.

SPH Engineering helps penguin research as part of its world UgCS Educational program. In 2020 UgCS was utilized by over 250 universities globally in environmental, archeological, geophysical, engineering, agricultural, organic and lots of extra areas of utility.

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