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CAPSTONE Group 062 Bird Impact Detection System Design Document Chen, Susanna; He, David; Morton, Kieran; Xiong, Emily; Vicentijevic, Stevan


The Bird Impact Monitor is a project inspired by SEEDS and their initiative on creating bird-friendly technology. UBC happens to be on the migrating path for many bird species and birds have important roles in the ecosystem. Previously studies commissioned by SEEDs estimated that over 10,000 die due to window collision on campus. The purpose of this project is to collect real-time bird impact data to help SEEDs implement a bird-friendly building guideline and for researchers to better understand birds' behavior. Our goal is be replace the manual data collection done by SEEDS in previous years with an automated system that is able to detect bird impacts more accurately and with minimal maintenance. More detailed outlines can be found the the Requirements document. The device is made of two sections: the detection system and the communication system. The detection system consists of an accelerometer connected to an Arduino Uno Wifi Rev 2. The accelerometer will be installed on the windows and transmits analog data to the Arduino for analysis and identification. Once an impact is identified, the Arduino will send data to MyDevices Cayenne over Wifi. The client will be able to access and visualize the data using Cayenne. The prototype we have developed is able to satisfy all of SEEDs requirements, in particular, it accurately detects bird impact with a 95% accuracy while rejecting environmental disturbances, it costs less than $80 per unit, and obstructs less than 10% of the window. Further recommendations to the project are out-lined in the design documents and will serve as guidelines for future projects for improvements and scalability. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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