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How I used a Raspberry Pi to automate birdwatching

ZDNet

"Don't worry about the microphone hanging out the window," I told a recent house guest. Through the worst of the pandemic lockdowns I started a new hobby, documenting the wildlife in the gardens and on the railway cutting behind our home. It's been quite surprising seeing how many different birds and small mammals frequent the large tree and the elderberry thicket at the bottom of the garden, from tiny wrens to the looming presence of the local sparrowhawk. It's a lot easier photographing birds in the winter, when the trees and bushes lose their leaves. But there are many more visitors in the summer, with blackbirds and dunnocks nesting in the shrubs and occasional woodpeckers flitting down the railway lines from the wilder commons and the expanses of the Royal Parks to the west.


HS2 use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help develop future stations

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The project, led by high-tech SME, OpenSpace Group Ltd, is part of HS2 Ltd's Innovation programme and brings together the company delivering Britain's new high speed rail network with Network Rail; intercity train operator, Avanti West Coast; and the University of Birmingham. The six month proof-of-concept project will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and LiDAR technology to digitise passenger flow data and inform the design of future HS2 stations. Traditionally stations have been designed, built and run in a way that focused on smooth running of trains for the benefit of passengers. However, Future Stations Living Lab will put passengers at the heart of design by creating a real-time replica of the existing Euston station in London. Central to the project is the combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems with cutting-edge LiDAR sensors that will capture highly accurate people movement data at Euston's forecourt, concourse and ticket gates.


Gurgaon: GMDA installs cameras with face recognition tech at MG Road Metro station

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A GMDA official said that in line with the requirement of the police, the cameras will be used for general surveillance. Using artificial intelligence, the cameras will support in detection and tracing of people with a criminal record and missing persons, the official added. Six face recognition cameras had earlier been installed on the Sheetla Mata temple premises, four at the Gurgaon bus stand and one at Sadar Market exit. "The GMDA is closely working with the police and traffic departments in understanding their requirement for installing these cameras equipped with state-of-the art technology across the city. These cameras provide live feeds to the integrated command and control centre which is commissioned and working in GMDA, as well as to eight other monitoring police stations in Gurgaon. We aim to increase our scope of surveillance across the geographies falling under GMDA jurisdiction in Gurgaon and Manesar," said GMDA CEO Sudhir Rajpal in a statement.


UK Trials Showcase AI's Potential for Monitoring, Bettering Biodiversity by Railway Tracks - Channel969

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The UK Heart for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), working with Eager AI and Community Rail, have give you an attention-grabbing strategy to enhance the atmosphere round railway strains -- through the use of on-board cameras and synthetic intelligence know-how to observe wildlife. "Our tools was in a position to take hundreds of clear pictures from a prepare touring at as much as 80 miles per hour," explains Tom August, PhD, a computational ecologist at UKCEH and one of many crew engaged on the mission, "and our AI software program can determine ash and different species to a excessive degree of accuracy." Cameras mounted on the entrance of and inside trains have confirmed able to monitoring plant species by the tracks. "Community Rail spends £200 million (round $252 million) annually on vegetation administration with a purpose to hold the community operational," provides Amjad Karim, chief govt officer of Eager AI. "The purpose of our work is to offer workers at Community Rail the instruments they should safely and precisely determine the place motion could also be required. "We have been pushing the boundaries of what's potential relating to the pace of the digicam, high quality of pictures and dimension of the system, all whereas holding it versatile and low-cost."


AI Program to Securely Monitor Lineside Vegetation

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Artificial intelligence (AI) trials have shown that lineside vegetation may be monitored securely, inexpensively, rapidly, and at scale by identifying species of trees and other plants from images obtained by on-train cameras. Due to safety considerations, the size of Britain's 20,000-mile rail network, and the number of specialist surveyors required, monitoring flora and fauna on the side of a railway track to promote improved management of lineside ecosystems is exceedingly challenging. However, Network Rail has been collaborating with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) and technology firm Keen AI to create creative ways to remotely monitor biodiversity. Researchers have shown that AI can recognize invading species by their tracks, as well as native trees that may be threatened by diseases like ash dieback. As part of Network Rail's aim to achieve biodiversity net gain on its property by 2035, this information would enable railway staff to take necessary action to better manage lineside vegetation.


Hitachi Energy's new AI solution analyzes trees to prevent wildfires

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The massive, beautiful tree canopies in the Western U.S., which may grow perilously close to power lines, can quickly spark destructive wildfires. In fact, 70% of electrical outages are caused by vegetation, and this number has increased by 19% year over year from 2009-2020. The second-largest wildfire in California's history, The Dixie Fire, sparked when power lines came into contact with a fir tree. Could AI-driven solutions help prevent wildfires before they start by analyzing the tree growth that can spark them? Hitachi Energy, the Zurich, Switzerland-based global technology company, says yes. Hitachi Energy, formerly known as Hitachi ABB Power Grids (the name was changed last October) is currently focused on "powering good for a sustainable energy future."


Small Drones Are Giving Ukraine an Unprecedented Edge

WIRED

In the snowy streets of the north Ukrainian town of Trostyanets, the Russian missile system fires rockets every second. Tanks and military vehicles are parked on either side of the blasting artillery system, positioned among houses and near the town's railway system. The weapon is not working alone, though. Hovering tens of meters above it and recording the assault is a Ukrainian drone. The drone isn't a sophisticated military system, but a small, commercial machine that anyone can buy.


JR West robots to tackle dangerous tasks

The Japan Times

The robot looks down at the train tracks, its metallic arms resembling something out of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" anime series. In the cockpit below, its human operator maneuvers the robot into place, seeing through its "eyes" above as it approaches the high-voltage wires. In response to Japan's labor shortage, West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) is developing humanoid robots like this one to handle maintenance and construction work, specializing in dangerous places. The railway operator hopes to officially put the robots to work in the spring of 2024. "The operator steers the robot from the cockpit (near the ground) so they can work safely on tasks high in the air," said JR West President Kazuaki Hasegawa during a news conference last month.


São Paulo metro forced to halt facial recognition roll-out

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The company running the São Paulo metro system will not be able to go ahead with the implementation of facial recognition software after having its appeal denied as part of a civil lawsuit over the matter. In the latest development of the court case initiated by human rights and consumer rights organizations, the São Paulo Court of Justice maintained an earlier decision that ordered the interruption of the roll-out in March. Our top picks for commercial properties will help secure your workplace. The organizations are calling for the suspension of the use of "massive and indiscriminate" facial recognition technology, which is part of a surveillance system and would impact over 4 million people who travel in the metro system on a daily basis. The claimants argued that the electronic monitoring system would involve facial recognition, with images of metro users captured by a system called SecurOS.


NYC Mayor Adams floats 'new tech,' bag checks on subway system to detect weapons

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WARNING--Graphic footage: Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas has the latest on the investigation from Brooklyn, New York, on'Special Report.' New York City may be rolling out new technology and periodic bag checks to prevent future terrorist attacks, according to the mayor. New York City Mayor Eric Adams spoke with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday about the previous day's terror attack on the city's subway system. The mayor touched on the possibility of new technology on public transportation to prevent similar acts in the future. "With the gun detection devices – oftentimes when people hear of'metal detectors,' they immediately think of the airport model," Adams said.