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The IRIS-VOLTERRA team is continuing its tests and demonstrations in Spain, this time in Burgos.

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On July 18, 2018, following the progress of the last few months, IRIS continued its tests with the Handheld Laser provided by BCG. With these flights, the aim is twofold: on the one hand, to test the handheld laser system in as many different contexts and animals as possible and, on the other, to show the system to as many potential users as possible.

In the farm selected in Burgos by Volterra, we can observe the influence of the laser on rabbits and roe deer. As the area is not very wooded and has flat vegetation, it is easier to make observations.

Although the interest of the different farmers is very high, especially seeing the good results in birds, the same is not true for mammals (rabbit, wild boar and roe deer). In the latter case, the current configuration, which will be improved in the coming months, is not fully effective.


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IRIS is able to graphically document the reaction of several roe deer to the Handheld Laser.

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Last July 7th, Santi (IRIS) and Nacho (Volterra), after many failed attempts in the last months, managed to record on video, the reaction of several roe deer to the Laser Fence system. The success of this event is threefold:

– It has been clearly documented, through a video produced by IRIS for the project partners, how these mammals react to the laser. On other occasions, the presence of the IRIS team involved an external agent that could influence the animal’s behaviour. In this case, the recording was successfully made at a distance of 700m.

– Simultaneously, it has been possible to take pictures with the animals’ drone and it has been decisive in the search for the animals.

– The effect of the drone’s noise when flying on the animals has been proven.

The success of the test lies in the selection of the work area by Nacho: San Martín de Humada (Burgos). On the other hand, the time, 6:00 a.m., was also a relevant element: the laser beam was visible at more than 1 km and it is the time when these animals graze in the agricultural plots near the forests.

 


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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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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.