Deploying "Shazam for Bats" in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

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Bat biologists across the globe have are now identifying bats by their ultrasonic voices (image credit: Unsplash/Todd Cravens).

An international collaboration of scientists have deployed a network of sensors in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. What do the sensors measure? Sound! Ultrasonic bat calls to be specific. When the sensors hear a bat call, which is beyond the hearing of a human, they automatically attempt to determine the species. The data is uploaded to the cloud, and researchers are then able to keep track of the variety of bat species in the park. This experiment is in its early stages, but ultimately the data and apparatus will be released, allowing anyone to build their own bat tracker.

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Deploying "Shazam for Bats" in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
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As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.