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Researchers install another animal detection system

Researchers installed another animal detection system in the test bed. This is a break-the-beam system that uses microwave radio signals. It is the third generation system manufactured by ICx Radar Systems (formerly STS). As an above ground system, it uses microwave radio frequencies which are transmitted by a transmitter on one end of the testbed to a receiver placed on the other side of the testbed. When the animal interrupts the microwave radio signal by walking through the beam, a detection is noted. Like the other systems being tested the date and time of each detection is recorded and cross referenced to the infrared camera images that show the locations of the animals, allowing the researchers to investigate the reliability of the system. This system sends the detections via a wireless link to a computer in the research trailer at the test bed where the data are stored in detection files. This system, along with the MagalSenstar system will be investigated for its reliability in different seasons and weather conditions through the coming year. Contact Marcel Huijser.