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Sensors, Volume 17, Issue 6 (June 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In Italy, organic egg production farms use free-range housing systems with a big outdoor area and a [...] Read more. In Italy, organic egg production farms use free-range housing systems with a big outdoor area and a flock of no more than 500 hens. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of ozone treatments of housing areas - that could reduce the levels of atmospheric ammonia and bacterial load – an automatic monitoring system able to detect the presence of animals was necessary to avoid risks for hens and workers due by ozone’ toxicity. With this purpose, a sensor that uses an image pattern recognition technique applied to thermografic images acquired from the housing system was developed and tested. View the paper