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Upgraded Ultrasonic Animal Deterrent Device

Vivek Kumar#1, Mohit Kumar#, Sandeep Sharma# # Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering

Dehradun Institute of Technology Dehradun: 248009, India

1Student Author – [email protected]

Abstract: In this research work, an upgradation to the pre-existing technology utilizing ultrasound has been proposed to deter animals. Establishing a low input voltage and maintaining a desired

operating distance range has been prioritized along with retaining an effective range of random

frequency operating on a wide bandwidth region. It ensures a long run of operation by consuming

only little amount of energy that can be substantially achieved from solar energy and alternatively

from main power in the absence of solar energy.

Index Terms: Ultrasound, Repeaters, Solar energy, Microcontroller 8051


The chaos spread by wild animals by crossing the human boundaries has being increasing on an

exponential rate. These animals are known to spread various diseases like herpes B virus, rabies,

serious wound infection, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, bone infection, tularaemia, toxoplasmosis

etc. Severe toxoplasmosis can even cause damage to the eyes, brain or other organs. Henceforth, a

solution is indeed needed to prevent humans from such diseases occurring from wild animals ([1]).

Many methods have been prevailed to tackle this problem including scarecrow, fences, hunters etc.

But each of them lacks at a point of time pertaining to their physical limitations, capital requirement,

availability, and so on. Therefore, a new method had developed which utilized ultrasound to restrict

animals from its range to overcome its antecedent’s loopholes. Ultrasonic devices operate through

emitting short wavelength, high frequency sound waves that are too high in pitch to be heard by the

human ear (all frequencies greater than 20,000 Hz). Humans are unable to hear sounds higher than 20

kHz due to physiological limitations of the cochlea ([2]). However, the prevailing method of using

ultrasound as a deterrent has too got many drawbacks. So, overcoming the loopholes of this

electronically animal repellent method is the focus of the study.

In this paper, we focus upon enhancing the features of the ultrasonic animal deterrent device to

make it more efficient and reliable for the current human needs. Ameliorated features include driving

the device with the solar power and operating the device at a low voltage supply of +3V while

maintaining a battery backup as an alternative power source. Moreover, establishing a random

operating frequency to ensure that particular species of animal doesn’t get used to a constant

frequency. Finally, use of the repeaters have been emphasised to increase the operating distance range

and cover a vast area.

The paper has been sub-divided into VI sections. We premise our approach in section II. Section III

sparks light upon the algorithm used to determine the input source and to generate random or variable

frequency. Simulation results are provided in section IV. Proceeding ahead, section V derives the

conclusion. The paper ends in the section VI giving the references of the work.


Ultrasound has been used as a deterrent technique for animals like monkeys, stray dogs, rodent,

birds etc. because of its remarkable features while maintaining cost. The device operates on a

frequency band of 10 kHz – 100 kHz. The sound is not pleasant but the volume is well under any

level of intensity (loudness, decibels) that would cause injury, whether or not it is “heard.” It makes

animals leave by making the space uncomfortable, not dangerous ([3]). Table 1 defines the hearing

range of different species of animals on the basis of their operating frequency range. Therefore,

emitting a frequency closest to the given bands make corresponding animals uncomfortable, making

them to leave the area.

Table 1: Hearing range of wild animals ([4]), ([5])

S. No. Animals Frequency


1. Birds, Squirrels,


Racoon, Deer,


10-35 kHz

2. Dog, Cat, Gerbil,

Guinea pig,

Ferret, Beetles,

Ants, Boars, etc.

36-65 kHz

3. Rat, Mouse, etc. 66-100 kHz

Procedure: The basic layout of the device is given in the Fig. 1. The figure composed of solar

power energy source, battery, voltage regulator, microcontroller, ultrasonic transmitter, and finally

various repeaters.

Fig. 1: Basic layout of the device Fig. 2: Solar cell with Voltage Regulator

In Fig. 1, A and B signifies to the solar power supply (Vs) and the battery supply (Vb) used

respectively to provide the input to the circuit. After Vs, a voltage regulator (C) is connected to ensure

the constant supply of the voltage at +3V.

Fig. 2 depicts thevoltage regulator using a zener diode corresponding to the solar cell. After

obtaining a +3V of input power supply from either of the source, the first task of the microcontroller

8051(D) starts. It compares the voltage from both the inputs and gives priority to the Vs keeping Vb as

an alternative. After deciding the source the next task is to use the voltage multiplier (H) (here,

voltage tripler) to amplify the source voltage. Voltage multipliers are AC-to-DC power conversion

devices, comprised of diodes and capacitors that produce a high potential DC voltage from a lower

voltage AC source ([6]). Fig. 3 shows the circuit used for the voltage tripler using IC 555. The circuit

is actually a cascaded form of voltage doubler, i.e. the input voltage gets doubled after diode D2 and

diode D4 respectively. Hence, providing an input voltage of +3V gives an output voltage of +5~6V

after diode D2 which acts as an input voltage for the next cascaded network giving an output voltage

of around +9~10V (here, +9.10V) after diode D4.

Fig. 3: Voltage Tripler

Now, the output voltage +9V is sufficient to drive the ultrasonic sound transmitter (F). The

ultrasonic transmitter produces a variable frequency ranging from 10 kHz to 100 kHz. Fig. 4 shows

the circuit diagram of ultrasonic sound transmitter.

Fig. 4 Ultrasonic Sound Transmitter

It uses a standard 555 timer IC1 set up as an oscillator using a single RC network to give a

frequency between 10-100 kHz square waves with equal mark/space ratio. This frequency is above

the hearing threshold for humans but is known to be irritating frequency for monkeys, dogs, cats etc.

Since the maximum current that a 555 timer can supply is 200mA an amplifier stage was required

so a high-power H-bridge network was devised, formed by 4 transistors TR1 to TR4. A second timer

IC2 forms a buffer amplifier that feeds one input of the H-bridge driver, with an inverted waveform to

that of IC1 output being fed to the opposite input of the H-bridge.

This means that conduction occurs through the complementary pairs of TR1/TR4 and TR2/TR3 on

alternate marks and spaces, effectively doubling the voltage across the ultrasonic transducer, LS. This

is optimised to generate a high output at ultrasonic frequencies.

Further, to produce a variable frequency in between the range of 10-100 kHz a series of capacitors

(E) is assembled with the ultrasonic transmitter circuitry. The capacitor C (VAR) of the Fig. 4

corresponds to the series of different ranging capacitors whose working is controlled via

microcontroller (D). Microcontroller is programmed in such a manner that each of the following

capacitor is kept on only for a particular duration of time. This ensures that different frequencies are

emitted from the circuit making it difficult for a single species of animal to adapt the change and

simultaneously covering a long band of ultrasonic frequencies. The given circuitry can also be utilized

only for a specific species of animal too by restricting the varying emitted frequencies only to their

range. However, we have chosen frequency for each of the three bands (Refer Table 1) to get our


Finally, the transducer LS emits omnidirectional ultrasonic waves. But, because of the prevailed

noises in the environment either due to natural factors or artificial/man-made factors a reduction in the

Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) is often seen. Therefore, to boost the strength of the signals and extend

their range the concept of implementing repeaters (G) have been introduced. They receive a signal

and re transmits it at a higher level or higher power, or onto the other side of an obstruction, so that

the signal can cover longer distances. So, it depends on the human where he wants to expand the

range of the transmission providing him complete flexibility under less cost regardless of buying a

whole new device.


1. Determination of input power supply:

The input from both of the source is controlled by the microcontroller. It periodically checks the

available input from the Vs, if it is more than a certain threshold voltage (here, +3V) then giving it

priority against Vb it short circuit the network between the voltage regulated Vs and the voltage

tripler. However, if the original voltage Vs is less than the threshold voltage then Vb is chosen as an

input voltage for the device.

2. Specifying the capacitors: Here, six different ranges of capacitors are connected to the I/O terminals (P.1.0 – P.1.5) of the

microcontroller 8051 ([7])with their other end on the 6th pin of the IC1 of Fig. 4 corresponding to the C (VAR). Microcontroller is programmed in such a way that it powers a certain pin only for a fixed

period of time and then changes the connection for a different pin. This process repeats in a loop

providing a variable frequency at the output terminal of the circuit i.e. at LS of Fig. 4.


We test our result on Proteus using the proposed algorithm and depict the waveform for each

frequency band given in table 2.

Table 2: List of capacitors along with their output frequency



Capacitance (in nF) Frequency (in kHz)

1. 70 10

2. 35 20

3. 15 50

4. 10 57.14

5. 9 74.07

6. 8 90.90

Waveforms: Below are six waveforms corresponding to the capacitance range as provided in the

table 2. The time per division scale is set to 5 µs ([8]).

(a) 10kHz (b) 20kHz

(c) 50kHz (d) 57.14kHz

(e) 74.07kHz (f) 90.90kHz

Fig. 5: Waveforms for different capacitance range

V. CONCLUSION: The upgraded device has overcome many loopholes of the currently prevailed ultrasonic animal

deterrent device. It works on solar powered energy and simultaneously reduces the input power

supply to one-third of its antecedent. Operating on a long distance range and covering a big portion of

ultrasonic band to make different species of wild animals uncomfortable in its area coverage has make

it more user-friendly and reliable for the customers.


[1] D Geraint James, “A clinicopathological classification of granulomatous disorders”, Postgrad Med J

2000;76:457-465 doi:10.1136/pmj.76.898.457

[2] Richard A. Lopchinsky, MD, FACS and Nancy H. Van Name, RDMS, RTR, and Marlene Kattaron, RDMS, “Physical Principles of Ultrasound”, 2000.

[3] http://www.promptpestcontrol.com/knowledge-center/ultrasonic-sound-safety/ [4] RR Fay. 1988. Hearing in Vertebrates: a Psychophysics Databook. Hill-Fay Associates, Winnetka IL. [5] RR Fay & AN Popper, eds. 1994. Comparative Hearing: Mammals. Springer Handbook of Auditory

Research Series. Springer-Verlag, NY.

[6] Multipliers, Design Guide, Introduction, P. No. 281. [7] Muhammad Ali Mazidi, Janice Gilispie Mazidi, “The 8051 Microcontroller and Embedded Systems” P.

No. 23.

[8] Microcomputer system design, 2- Introduction to Proteus VSM (Part II).

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