Agribusiness FMC Corporation and CSIRO-backed start up RapidAIM are ready to deploy IoT sensing to monitor insect pests on Australian orchards. The companies will deploy RapidAID’s digital surveillance system, which is linked to FMC analytics in orchards in the Shepparton region of Victoria.
Although RapidAIM initially mostly focused on fruit flies, the current collaboration aims to create an accurate pest detection and forecasting service for several key pests. Under the agreement, RapidAIM will provide its patented smart sensors in a network of instrumented and wirelessly connected traps which remotely and effectively detect insect pests in the orchard in real time.
RapidAIM’s sensors are able to determine the insect pest by their behaviour, sending information to the cloud and ultimately to farmers’ phones. By aggregating this real-time data combined with machine learning, RapidAIM will deliver state-of-the-art regional pest forecasts for incorporation into FMC’s Arc farm intelligence application.