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Queensland University of Technology Sensor networks developed by QUT researchers are tracking rare birds without disturbing the population. Remote-controlled sensor networks developed by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are helping scientists track rare bird populations living at Brisbane Airport.

Acoustic signals captured by a network of smart phones track the location and population of different bird species, including the elusive Lewin’s Rail, said Richard Mason, from the Microsoft QUT eResearch Centre in the Faculty of IT.

“Sound provides the heartbeat of the environment,” Mr Mason said. “Like listening to someone’s heartbeat, it reveals a lot of information about health.”

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