Animal monitoring system uses a Raspberry Pi and Watson IoT

Andy Stanford-Clark from IBM has been helping Marwell Zoo in Hampshire to develop an Internet-of-Things monitoring and control device for animals. More specifically, he has been developing a system that monitors the sleeping area of certain animals in the Zoo and controls the heating based on infra-red photographs. Using a combination of a Raspberry Pi, a Pi camera, Andy has developed a system which uploads the photographs and sensor readings to the Watson IoT platform which then would send a command to another system to control the heating. This is but the tip of the iceberg of this project write-up which is covered in more detail by Karen Lewis over on the IBM blog. Here’s a photo of Poppet, a Nyala, one of the animals being monitored, just because I love animals 🙂

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