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Research project

Automated sheep counting using mobile devices

Summary

There are strict regulations around the number of animals allowed on a livestock export ship. With truckloads of sheep being loaded one after the other, keeping an accurate count is a highly skilled and intensive task.

Automated sheep counting technology has been developed using artificial intelligence, via a system using a video camera mounted over the loading ramp of a livestock vessel.

This project will build on the original product and create a wireless and portable system that can be used in more locations and for various applications.

Objectives

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Develop a portable and wireless system to support the sheep counting technology (utilising the existing software)

  • Validate that the system can generate the same levels of accuracy in live trials under a variety of situations, including weather and lighting.

Benefits to industry

Automated sheep counting technology provides independent verification of the number of sheep loaded onto export ships and reduces the human resources required to count sheep.

Developing a wireless and portable system will allow the technology to be used in a greater variety of locations and situations, including feedlots and saleyards.

Project Code

LC.RDE.0008

Research Organisation

University of Technology Sydney

Species

Sheep

Start Date

01/12/2021

Status

Ongoing

Project End Date

01/05/2022