Partnering opportunity

Design and implementation of electronic traps with sensors for detection and population monitoring of plagues.


A Spanish University has developed electronic traps with a sensor systems to detect populations of insects and monitor environmental variables. The data collected by the sensors allows the detection of incipient populations, delimit detected populations, confirm eradication efforts and demonstrate acceptable levels of risk. The technology allows the transmission of images in real time for the detection and evaluation of any type of plague, facilitating an automatic and meticulous follow-up

Partner sought

Companies related to agriculture, pest control companies or farms cooperatives are sought to carry out a technical cooperation agreement to implement this technology.


Researchers from Spanish University have developed an automated electronic trap for control and monitor plagues. This electronic tracking system developed is capable of photographing any insect and sending them through a wireless communication system to a server, where the user can track captures through a computer program. The data obtained allow users to decide on the need of insecticide treatments at the right time, in addition the user is able to adjust the treatments only in the areas where it is necessary. The trap also records environmental humidity and temperature, sending the data automatically, providing accurate information and tracking with short intervals of climatic factors that are important both for the cycle of plague and for insecticidal treatments. The main challenge in the sector is to reduce the number of treatments to crops, thus avoiding contamination, health risks and the impact on agrosystems due to excessive exposure to pesticides. A prototype of electronic traps based on Raspberry and 4G communication, humidity and temperature sensors and power supply from solar panels has been developed. Precision agriculture is currently a very innovative field where it is necessary to develop technology in order to automate routine processes. The system allows automatic and careful tracking of plague. The invention can be applied to track the plague to perform treatments at the right time and place in order to save resources and make more efficient an activity that nowadays remains with obsolete systems that give limited information.

Advantages and innovations

This new methodology based on electronic traps allows having real-time data on the evolution of the plague and, therefore, the decisions regarding the need for treatments are more accurate. It allows to detect and monitor the plague automatically, saving personnel costs, displacement and allowing it to be fumigated in a localized way and at the right time. It is easily adaptable to different plagues. The technology reduces the number of insecticide applications against plagues in crops.

Development stage

Available for demonstration

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