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Laser radar technology has the potential to optimize malaria control


FaunaPhotonics was one of six entrepreneurs who pitched their projects at the Agora in November 2015 and one of four entrepreneurs who is now in closer contact with a panel participant. FaunaPhotonics laser radar technology that enables remote and real time identification of insect and bird species gained interest from a large multinational company based in the USA.

“We have signed a non-disclosure agreement with this company that will look further into the technology, so now we will see what this collaboration will lead to,” explains Frederik Tårnhøj who is one of the founders of FaunaPhotonics. The non-disclosure agreement with a large company is not the only achievement this fall. FaunaPhotonics has attracted soft funding, received the IBM Cloud Credit Award of $120.000 at the Green Tech Challenge in November 2015 and was Award Winner at the European Venture Contest 2015 – Top 5 Cleantech Ventures in Europe in December 2015.

Several application areas
FaunaPhotonics laser radar technology transmits a laser beam into the atmosphere and measures the backscattered laser light from birds and insects. It is a portable in-field sensor system with wireless connectivity that enables automation of manual processes to improve efficiency and accuracy. The system has three application areas one of which is malaria control. In this domain, the laser radar surveillance technology enables non-intrusive on site monitoring of malaria mosquitoes improving decision support for national malaria control programs. Another application area is agriculture, where the sensor solution can monitor insect pests real time. The method has great potential in improving diagnosis in relation to integrated pest management. The third application area is bird detection at windmill parks where spectral or polarimetric analysis of light has the potential to retrieve additional information whereby species and sex can be determined. This will in the future enable species specific monitoring of birds in windmill parks and other environmental impact assessments.

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