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Integr Zool. 2015 Nov;10(6):572-8. doi: 10.1111/1749-4877.12162.

The application of the Internet of Things to animal ecology.

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1
College of Life Sciences, Northwest University, Xi'an, China.
2
Information Science and Technology School, Northwest University, Xi'an, China.
3
Niubeiliang National Nature Reserve, Xi'an, China.
4
Xi'an Branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an, China.

Abstract

For ecologists, understanding the reaction of animals to environmental changes is critical. Using networked sensor technology to measure wildlife and environmental parameters can provide accurate, real-time and comprehensive data for monitoring, research and conservation of wildlife. This paper reviews: (i) conventional detection technology; (ii) concepts and applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in animal ecology; and (iii) the advantages and disadvantages of IoT. The current theoretical limits of IoT in animal ecology are also discussed. Although IoT offers a new direction in animal ecological research, it still needs to be further explored and developed as a theoretical system and applied to the appropriate scientific frameworks for understanding animal ecology.

KEYWORDS:

Internet of Things; animal detecting; environmental monitoring; wireless sensor network

PMID:
26338071
DOI:
10.1111/1749-4877.12162
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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