Monitoring insects digitally to give insights into biodiversity, pollinators and pest behaviors.
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At FaunaPhotonics, we believe in the power of insects. Insects pollinate flora, they keep soils healthy, and provide a vital source of food for fish, birds, and small mammals. A healthy insect population means a healthy forest, meadow, wetland, city park or green roof. By monitoring flying insects, we provide the data you need to ensure that your biodiversity restoration and conservation efforts are successful.
On the ground
The stationary solution
Meet Volito. Volito is a latin term meaning “to flutter”, and is the name of FaunaPhotonics stationary sensor. Our Volitos see all flying insects as data, and we can train Volitos to identify individual insects based on wing beat frequency, body size, and other features unique to each insect.
Precision agricultural pest treatment
Our next adventure is going mobile. We know when and what, but we are missing the where? Attaching our sensors to a moving agricultural unit and collecting data from the field allows us to map locations of pests, and to instantly treat those locations where pests are most active.
In the cloud
Data from your Volito is uploaded automatically to our cloud database at regular specified intervals. Here, via machine learning and AI, we assess the data and then process that back into different categories for the user. This process is fully automatic and extremely fast – from insect activity being detected by the Volito in the field to that same data being processed usually takes less than 30 minutes.
The huge pool of data generated by each Volito is then placed into one of our current product groupings. At the same time, our Volitos are all part of a network, so data and insights from across areas, regions, crops or territories are also available to the user.
At your fingertips
Once data is processed, you access it via our web-based user portal. All data is interactive and intuitive, providing clear and understandable overviews about what insect activity your Volito has seen and when, as well as what the Volito network is seeing in term of trends and insights. The user can change overview at any time, can add or remove insects from their view (for example, add honeybees or bumblebees to see pollinator activity) and can switch between detailed daily data or aggregated weekly or monthly data as needed.
And, because many users want to use our data further, all your data in the custumer portal is easily downloadable via csv file.
We are also looking into..
Our sensor technology has many potentials. We are currently also working on a new application within aquaculture to provide fish farmers with a sensor that can detect the presence of parasitic sea lice in their larval stages, long before they infect the fish and become a production problem.
Other use cases could be monitoring insects that spread disease or mapping the spread of new invasive species.