History and Current Status

Story of the Canada Goose Image Recognition Device

Goose Guardian Early Concept

The concepts for TKO's image sensor technology began in 2004 with the founder's efforts to manage a Canada goose problem in his backyard, where the geese would infest his dock and cover it with feces. With spare parts from his garage, he constructed a device that included a motion detector and an old weed eater mounted on a stand (image right). This early goose deterrent stood sentry on the dock while its owner was away, effectively hazing the geese and keeping the dock feces-free. However, the device with its archaic motion sensor would trigger on any moving object, including the founder's girlfriend, who would cuss like a longshoreman when she would unsuspectingly walk by and activate the device. This untenable situation inspired the pursuit of a sensor that could discriminate between objects in its field of view.

Thus, TKO Enterprises has been formed to commercialize the patent-pending technologies composing TKO's image-based object discriminating sensors.

Many different hazing methods have been attempted to deter geese but are only effective for a very short period of time. The universal drawback of these devices is that they are activated on a consistent, periodic and predictable schedule and the geese quickly habituate to the hazing method. TKO provides a differentiating advantage by utilizing multiple electro-mechanical deterrent devices that are plug-and-play so they may be varied by location to minimize the possibility of the geese habituating to the hazing method. According to Audubon International, effective hazing requires varying the hazing method and only triggering on 'approaching' geese, as stated in their "Fact Sheet, Wildlife and Habitat Management; Canada Geese", Audubon International © 2006; (http://www.audubon.org/news/top10/esasuccess.pdf) .