Insect pests continuously threatens the yield and turnover in greenhouse farming. (Bio)chemical control products have often only limited effects. More importantly, farmers would be happy to reduce the use of pesticides, as regulations are tightening and the market asks for sustainable solutions. We enable greenhouse farmers to significantly reduce flying insect pest populations, while circumventing the limits that (bio)chemical alternatives have. The PATS autonomous insect control solution, based on micro drones, can be deployed within existing greenhouse infrastructure. It reduces costs of labour and (bio)pesticides, involved in the crop protection process, while simultaneously reducing losses due to infected plants.
The PATS solution autonomously takes care of crop protection, without any human intervention. The platform exists of a base station and a micro drone that together monitor and eliminates flying insect populations. This prevents the insects from reproducing and their larvae affecting your crops. Contrary to existing solutions PATS offers mechanical elimination: a clean approach more effective than alternatives.
|Participation since||March 2018|
Kevin van Hecke
|Linked faculty||Aerospace Engineering|
|Company history and milestones|
|December 2016||Patent filed|
|Mid 2017||First validation with farmer|
|November 2017||First test system installed|
|December 2017||Received Take-off feasibility grant|
|January 2018||Admission to Climate-KIC accelerator progam|