Remote, Wireless Camera Systems for Environmental Monitoring of Transportation Corridors

Wildlife movement across, under, and adjacent to highway rights-of-way and crossing structures is of critical concern for environmental protection, regulatory, and public safety reasons. Using low-powered/self-powered camera networks communicating via wireless, wired, or cell technologies with Web-informatics could provide information for short-term project and mitigation needs and long-term monitoring needs. The goal of this research is to develop the technology to support the evolution of wildlife monitoring associated with transportation corridors from manually maintained cameras to wired and wireless camera systems employing a variety of communication technologies. Further, these systems are fully integrated and usable with Web-informatics systems, making data collection and sharing more consistent and easier. This new approach is both feasible and attractive to transportation planning and environmental assessment because it makes the cost and benefits of these systems more predictable and the outputs more continuous. The proposed system also resembles current traffic flow monitoring systems, which are increasingly familiar to transportation staff and the public. Finally, the system will reduce risk to staff accessing wildlife cameras from the right-of-way because camera system maintenance will be occasional.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $58146
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tchaou, Marcel

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    Department of Environmental Science and Policy
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shilling, Fraser

  • Start Date: 20130913
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160929
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01576055
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2015 4:27PM