Case Study | October 9, 2012

High-Resolution Cameras Enhance Zoo Security While Collecting Data On Animal Behavior


This case study from MOBOTIX takes a look at the Birmingham Zoo, a leading zoological conservation, education, and scientific study resource within the United States, and a family attraction of choice in the Southeast region. The Birmingham Zoo was searching for a solution to monitor animal behavior 24/7 through video surveillance technology at specific exhibits. The initial launch was done on a new African Bull Elephant exhibit with the goal of gathering information on the elephant’s habits in their new environment.

“We want to have a record of the elephants’ introductions to each other, their overall behavior, and want to use video footage for scientific research,” Don Trausch, director of zoo operations, said. “Using video as a way to preserve the activity of the animals allows our team to have the data needed to be most effective and have more situational awareness.”

Birmingham Zoo turned to Jason Maddox, owner of Advanced Integration Systems, to discuss the use of video surveillance in the Zoo’s scientific research and data collection projects. Trausch knew he wanted to leverage IP-based technology to have access to higher quality images than traditional CCTV systems. Maddox’s recommendation was a MOBOTIX decentralized surveillance system because of its cost efficiencies, high-resolution, and video management system with simplified user interface.

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