Biodiversity Sensor Project
A unique biodiversity sensor project is launched by Syngenta, a global agri-business major. It claimed to be the first such project in India. Syngenta has launched this project in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab (IIT-R). This project will help in studying the behavior of insects around farms, particularly bees and butterflies.
Along with this, the firm flagged off the Drone Yatra which will cover 10,000 Km across the country. This project will monitor to identify and quantify insect life around farms to get real-time data on biodiversity through a sensor.
- This project includes a centralized biodiversity data repository that can be shared and tracked.
- The biodiversity monitoring will be done by a modem-like sensor that has cameras to capture real-time images of the bees and butterflies.
- The species will be identified through an artificial intelligence-based algorithm.
- It will help the researchers to identify the types of insects and record the data.
- The data will be open source and free for anyone to access across the world.
- The blueprint of the project will also be made accessible for everyone to share ideas for development.
- The sensor will run on solar power and machine learning will also be used in capturing data.
- The drone yatra will cover 13 states and spread awareness about drone spraying.