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UAV Surveillance Systems for the Management of Woody Weeds
Woody weed infestations that cover large open grassland areas are difficult to control and their management is extremely costly and time consuming. The aim of this project was to study the use of surveillance systems on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) to provide the potential for an all round effective and reliable means to manage and eradicate infestations. The objectives of the project were to develop and test various image recognition algorithms that could detect and geo-locate woody weed infestations in open farmland and to demonstrate the algorithm's potential by using a fixed-wing UAV (FUAV). Furthermore, the project aimed to test a novel herbicide distribution system that could be mounted on a rotary-wing UAV (RUAV), which would hover over the geo-located weeds. The project ran over three years (2008-2010). The first year focussed on the development of the surveillance system and determining the location of the demonstration sites. Two sites were selected: Carrum Farm and Williams Outstation, both located within the vicinity of Julia Creek, QLD.
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UAV Surveillance Systems for the Management of Woody Weed Infestations
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