Journal article

Improving accuracy of elephant localization using sound probes

Chinthaka M Dissanayake, Ramamohanarao Kotagiri, Malka N Halgamuge, Bill Moran



Localization of elephants in the vicinity of villages is an important issue in mitigating human-elephant conflict. This paper proposes an inexpensive, effective and non-invasive framework that employs a sound probe technique with an acoustic sensor network to localize elephants. Incorporation of probes in our sensor network eliminates the requirement to explicitly measure temperature and wind velocity for accurate determination of sound velocity. A sensor network has been built and experiments performed by replaying recorded elephant sounds under three different environmental conditions. The results overall show that the system is capable of providing remarkable accuracy under distinct wind ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia. Authors would like to express their gratitude to Dr. M. I. Bandara, Mr. K. Dissanayake, Mr. S. Wijerathne, Mr. P. Wijerathne, Mr. B. M. Dissanayake, the supporting team and the villagers from the Swarnapali Gama for their support during the data collection procedure.