Pests such as rats, possums, stoats can devastate natural habitats and agricultural economies. Pests have a direct effect on food security by reducing crop production and attacking harvested crops. They also affect food security indirectly by reducing market access for exchange of goods, which limits the exchange of food products as well as reduce income that would come from selling agricultural products. Effective surveillance and detection of mammalian pests play an important role in pest control. An automated mammalian pest detection and identification system has been developed by Lincoln University, in collaboration with AUT.
AUT Enterprises is seeking for expressions of interest from commercial partners to carry out further field testing of the device.
Automated detection and identification system for multiple pests. Robust to withstand extreme weather conditions. User friendly and no manual interpretation needed.
The target markets include (but not limited to) pest identification, monitoring in conservation, biosecurity, transport, and food storage facilities.
Design patent, trade secrets, and know hows.
Proof of Concept - Early prototype built