A UAV-BASED ROE DEER FAWN DETECTION SYSTEM
- Remote Sensing Technology Institute, Experimental Methods German Aerospace Center Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
Keywords: UAV, Thermal Imaging, Animal Rescue, Animal Welfare, Remote Sensing, Detection System, Agriculture, Octocopter
Abstract. This paper presents a UAV based remote sensing system for the detection of fawns in the meadows. There is a high demand because during pasture mowing many wild animals, especially roe deer fawns are killed by mowing machines. The system was tested in several real situations especially with diﬀering weather and iluminating conditions. Its primary sensor is a lightweight thermal infrared camera. The images are captured onboard of the ﬂight system and also transmitted as analog video stream to the ground station, where the user can follow the camera live stream on a monitor for manual animal detection. Beside a high detection rate a fast workﬂow is another very important objective for this application. Therefore a waypoint planning software was developed that accelerates the workﬂow. At adequate illuminating and weather conditions the presented UAV-based fawn detection via thermal imaging is a comfortable, fast and reliable method.