Real-time Insect Monitoring Protects Crops and Biodiversity
Insect pests are the cause of significant crop damage and loss. The challenge is that regular monitoring is labour intensive and expensive. At the same time, it is important to control pests without removing essential pollinators and other beneficial insects. So, the ability to monitor insect populations systematically, efficiently and accurately is key.
The start-up company FaunaPhotonics is building real-time insect monitoring technology to support integrated pest management, including timely treatments and intelligent spraying equipment. The technology platform combines patent-protected sensor technology with artificial intelligence to differentiate between insect species.
Monitoring insect populations systematically, efficiently and accurately is key
Smart insect classification
A sensor placed in the field uploads real-time insect activity to a cloud database. Artificial intelligence classifies the insects, so farmers can see when pests, pollinators and other beneficial insects are in the field – and can time insecticide spraying accordingly. The information is readily available via a digital platform.
FaunaPhotonics develops its systems in collaboration with growers, agricultural consultants, corporate R&D departments and scientists. This ensures customer needs are met in an affordable digital solution that monitors insects accurately and efficiently worldwide.