Night Adapted Eye survey and species classification system: realizing the capacity for real-time and cost-effective monitoring of pests on a landscape scale

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Our consortium will deliver a newly proven technology for landscape-scale survey of key vertebrate pest species to end-users within 3 years. Application of our NAE sensor and scanner approach coupled to a remote artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm will radically change the cost-effectiveness of large-scale pest animal survey. Using an innovation/manufacturing pathway involving university and industry collaboration, our manufacturing and commercial focus has the capacity to deliver a portable survey tool that is a substantial advance on existing technologies. Our device allows for remote detection and species classification coupled to a networking capacity, centralised data processing enabling species discrimination, classification and data presentation Australia-wide. Our proposal is based upon over a decade of R&D investment in the fundamental technology ( This outcome will significantly advance the capability for the cost-effective survey of pests on a landscape scale, also allowing survey data integration with existing geospatial information in near real time. At the end of this project we will provide a single unit cost-free to a major pest control end user in each state and territory of Australia.
Short titleNAE device 2022
Effective start/end date3/06/2230/11/25


  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) (Australia) : A$943,926.00
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Research Pty Ltd (trading as Zoophotonics): A$270,000.00
  • Firmus Grid Pty Ltd: A$100,000.00
  • Definium Technologies Pty Ltd: A$75,000.00
  • University of Southern Queensland