The business of connecting machines may seem as far from nature as you can get. But, this remote monitoring system is a great reminder that machines are incredible tools we can use to learn more about the things we care about-- in this case, bears.
developed a remote monitoring solution for the Wildlife Research Institute
(WRI) that allows the Institute to monitor bears in their dens during hibernation. One particular bear, Lily, has hibernated deep in the Minnesota woods where there is no access to landline Internet service. To establish a camera uplink to Lilys remote den, WRI is using the Digi TransPort WR21
wireless router which provides a high-speed Internet connection over Verizon Wireless 4G LTE
"We are allowing the Wildlife Research Institute to gain valuable insights into the activity of bears during hibernation by establishing a 4G connection in the wilderness," said Joel Young, senior vice president of research and development and CTO of Digi International. "We have connected hundreds of thousands of remote devices throughout the world, and this application is a great example of how technology can be used to take control of widely-deployed assets."
Using the video uplink, researchers could see how Lily prepared for birth during hibernation and how she reacted to the cubs just after birth. A second camera was also installed outside of Lilys den that records activity near the den during warmer months.
Digi also helped the WRI connect scales that detect when a bear is present in the den. When the bear steps on the scale, weight is recorded and the sensors trigger the camera to begin recording.Verizons post on the system here.Now, we ask you-- if you could remotely monitor anything what would it be?