Systems and Technology

Our technology offers end-to-end solutions for quantitative monitoring of aerial fauna density and migration. The compact and mobile radar devices supply high quality analyses and reports.

In our technology library you will find details on how our systems collect data and what we can learn from the gathered information.


BirdScan Radar Systems

Bird Scan radar systems

Each of our systems was developed for a specific application. Below you can find more information on each BirdScan modell. For detailed technical data please click on the button «learn more».

BirdScan MR1

BirdScan MR1

Collecting scientific data

This bio monitoring system measures the bird and bat movement using a rotating horn antenna. In addition to the analyses of the spatiotemporal distribution, the system offers real time classification and quantification represented as mean traffic rate. Data are stored in raw format and is available for further processing.

BirdScan MV1

Operating wind farms efficiently

The monitoring system allows the adaptive management of wind parks to mitigate collisions of migratory birds and bats with wind turbines. If the collision risk exceeds the specified threshold, the system alarms the plant operator or can automatically communicate with the wind park controls.

BirdScan MV1
Red kite

BirdScan MS1

Active collision management

BirdScan MS1 is a compact electronic scanning radar- system with the latest technology for active collision management of protected birds in conjunction with wind turbines. The radar permanently monitors the space fully automatically in 3D and tracks and classifies large birds such as red kite, lesser spotted eagle etc. in real time.

It was developed in close cooperation with ornithological associations and wind power operators.

FaunaScan MR2

The next generation radar for monitoring aerial biodiversity

Specifically developed for monitoring birds, bats and insects the radar allows for accurate quantification and unparalleled classification possibilities. FaunaScan MR2 excels at accurate quantification and classification into subgroups for birds, bats and insects. Micro-doppler signatures, 3-D tracks, polarization pattern and many more features are available for the hundreds of thousands registered birds, bats or insects each year.

As a fully integrated system the radar is lighter and has a smaller footprint than its predecessors.

Technology knowledge base

Here you can find detailed information on the way our systems work as well as helpful explanations on different related topics.

Measuring bird migration

Migration Traffic Rate (MTR) is the standard unit to quantify migration rate in absolute terms. Read the article

Echo classification

Our systems can easily record hundreds of thousands of echos per month, this obviously calls for the automated classification into meaningful groups. Read the article

Reference data repository

Data and echos from several measurement campaigns can be stored in our data repository.
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Machine learning

Machine Learning (ML) is about teaching computers to learn from data and make predictions on new data. Read the article

Extraction of flapping patterns

For birds, bats and insects the wing-flapping pattern can be reconstructed from the signal. Read the article

Estimation of direction and speed

Flight direction and speed is estimated and stored in real-time by BirdScan’s processing module. Read the article

Signal acquisition

How BirdScan systems acquire radar signals (echos) from aerial fauna. Read the article

Radar and antenna

BirdScan systems include a pulsed X-band radar. The radar comprises an antenna, a transmit unit, and a receiver.
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