Australian King Parrot

SoundID for Sound Recognition and Monitoring

Neil J Boucher

Neil received a BE degree in Engineering from the University of Tasmania.  He worked as a Telecommunications Engineer for what is now Telstra, as a Senior Engineer in charge of the design and maintenance of the cellular network infrastructure for the Australian state of Queensland.

In 1988, he took up a post with the ITU (a part of the UN) as Chief Technical Advisor, Cellular Telephones for ASEAN (the association of South East Asian Nations).  He was based in Jakarta, Indonesia for two years in that position.

After completing the contract with the UN, Neil became a private consultant on cellphone networks and as such worked in 40 different countries. He has written a number of books on telecommunications including "The Cellular Radio Handbook", a book that is currently in its 4th edition.

He became interested in sound recognition as a way to assist the EPA Queeensland, to find a rare parrot, the  Coxen's Fig Parrot.  The concept was to develop recorders that could record for months and computer software to analyse those recordings.

Neil's interests include physics (he is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics), flying (he has a private pilot's licence with instrument rating), running (4 km every second day in the hills of Maleny).  He is also a car enthusiast and has a restored 1956 Wolseley 6/90.  As a radio restorer (restoring old valve radios), he has a rather fine collection, many of which are awaiting attention as SoundID seems to consume much of his time.  He is also an advisor on SETI technology.

He is a member of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group.

Neil is the hardware designer for SoundID and a contributor to the software.