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Camera Based Invisible Fence

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243739D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for a camera-based invisible fence. When the animal crosses the virtual boundary maintained by the camera, the system activates an electronic pulse that goes from the associated collar to the animal.

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Camera Based Invisible Fence

Existing invisible fence systems comprise a buried wire that senses when a receiver collar is within a certain range. The nodes in the collar then transmit a mild electric pulse to break the animal's (e.g., dog's) attention and direct the animal to stay within the boundaries of the fence. The fenced area is predefined and must receive power at all times. In addition, because the wire is buried, the system is difficult to move and therefore somewhat permanent.

A system is needed to make the electric fence portable and dynamic.

The novel contribution is a camera-based fencing system that defines virtual boundaries. When the animal crosses the virtual boundary maintained by the camera, the system activates an electronic pulse that goes from the associated collar to the animal . The system comprises the following main components:


The standard electric collar, which exists in current invisible fence technologies

Camera system that overlooks the area to be monitored or fenced
Centralized computer system for programming the virtual fence

This portable invisible fence has multiple uses. When taking the dog for a walk, a drone could hover overhead to maintain a certain radius around the owner. This ensures that the animal stays close by, but still has freedom to roam around. If the owner is visiting a place away for home (e.g., on vacation) and has the dog along, a simple camera can be set up to ensure the animal does not leave th...