Author Archives: Volterra

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Trials in Fresno de Rodilla, Burgos June 25 and 26

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On 25 and 26 of June, Volterra team travelled to Fresno de Rodilla, in Burgos, to carry out trials with the handheld  laser in an area with abundant presence of roe deer and close to a road. Due to the high temperature of these days, there was not a large presence of animals.


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Development of Remote interlock switch for safe operations in the field

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Bird Control Group is continuously looking for ways to improve the LIFE Laser Fence prototypes with regards to safety and security. Operating laser equipment in the fields requires some safety measures. Usually most measures from Bird Control Group and her products are sufficient for having a laser operational. For having these types of lasers operational in an unsupervised way, the area must be enclosed for the public to prevent possible exposure to laser light. Although some of the LIFE Laser Fence test locations are not, or cannot be, fully enclosed by for example fences. To have these systems operational, now some of the test locations have the devices operational while supervised. This takes a lot of effort and time from staff members of the test site.

Bird Control Group has been developing a LIFE Laser Fence remote control prototype for switching the systems on or off remotely. With these remote-control prototypes, test locations will be able to switch off one or multiple devices remotely when public may enter the area. This will potentially save a lot of time and effort from the staff, therefor still having time to do other activities in the vicinity of the system, but not sitting next to it. Most important, safe operations can continue for multiple systems.

The development of this remote-control prototype started in June 2018 and the first units will possibly be available for the first LIFE Laser Fence locations in August 2018.

 


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Meeting in BCG office in Delft

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Egbert Sonneveld visited BCG in Delft to swap the old handheld laser for the new one with the necessary additional safety features. Project manager Joep Everaers received him and gave him some explanations and training on the improved device. Joep also updated Egbert on the latest developments on the trial site in Germany. The season finished there and the equipment is not operational at the moment. There is new trial planed after summer where Joep is planning to remain on site several days and make use of a handheld device.

Egbert and Joep also had a look at data collected being video material and log sheets filled in. There is no clear reaction to the laser by the animals yet so the ideas are now going towards making changes on the colour and the shape of the laser light.


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End of trials in Wölferlingen

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Spring came in and it has already become summer. For ecology, the environment and the wildlife, this means a lot. Especially wild boars are leaving the woods in search for food in the fields. Now that the whole area is having plenty of food as a result of the sunny spring, wild boars don’t specifically go into the trial field anymore. Possible new trials at this location will start in the autumn.

Researchers of Liverpool John Moores University and Bird Control Group are now viewing and analyzing the video and photo material from the test site. This location is within a large Natura2000 area and contains plenty of wildlife. The camera footage is showing plenty of deer, wild boar, hare, fox and some different bird species. The researchers are now looking for footage where the LIFE Laser Fence laser is causing any reactions in the wildlife behavior. Sufficient reactions are a proper basis for drawing any conclusions from the trials.