TigerCENSE: Wireless Image Sensor Network to Monitor Tiger Movement

  • Ravi Bagree
  • Vishwas Raj Jain
  • Aman Kumar
  • Prabhat Ranjan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6511)


Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) in combination with image sensors opens plethora of opportunities in the wildlife tracking. It provides a glimpse into previously unseen, remote and inaccessible world of some of the most endangered species on earth. tigerCENSE is such an attempt to put sensor network technology in conserving one of the rarest and most elusive big cat species. The node, triggered by the Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor, captures the image of tiger using a CMOS image sensor and stores it in an external memory chip. To avoid any disturbance to animal, the node uses an Infrared (IR) flash, instead of white flash, to illuminate the target at night. The stored images get transferred to the base station via radio transceiver. This is transferred to the database server through Internet links for analysis by wildlife researchers. A solar energy harvesting system for recharging node’s batteries is being added to avoid frequent human visit to change the batteries, making it highly non-intrusive system.


Camera Trap Wireless Sensor Network Image Sensor Network wildlife tracking Intrusion detection CMOS camera IR flash image sensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravi Bagree
    • 1
  • Vishwas Raj Jain
    • 1
  • Aman Kumar
    • 1
  • Prabhat Ranjan
    • 1
  1. 1.Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication TechnologyIndia

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