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BioBOT: development of the equipment for autonomous parasitized eggs releasing for precision biological control through remotely piloted aircrafts

Grant number: 19/13501-4
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: June 01, 2020 - May 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Industrial Electronics, Electronic Systems and Controls
Principal Investigator:Fernando Garcia Nicodemos
Grantee:Fernando Garcia Nicodemos
Company:NCB Sistemas Embarcados Ltda
CNAE: Fabricação de aparelhos e equipamentos de medida, teste e controle
Comércio atacadista de máquinas e equipamentos para uso comercial; partes e peças
Serviços de engenharia
City: São José dos Campos
Associated research grant:16/22572-4 - BioBOT: development of a new equipment for autonomous parasitized eggs releasing through remotely piloted aircrafts, AP.PIPE
Associated scholarship(s):20/08427-7 - BioBOT embedded system development for autonomous parasitized eggs releasing for remotely piloted aircrafts, BP.TT
20/08426-0 - Development of the cloud based management software system and mission app integrated with BioBOT Parasitised egg releasing system, BP.TT

Abstract

The manual distribution of small pieces of paper filled with parasitized eggs is the most common method used today for biological pest control. These pieces are released in predefined intervals in order to guarantee that the desired area will be covered. This method has held its success into the fields, however this proceeding is limited when covering wide areas. Low efficiency and precision are key characteristics, besides the fact of being time consuming and demands a high number of contributors. The NCB company operates commercially a version of the Automatic Biological Control Embedded System (SECa-BuG), developed to substitute the proceeding previously related. This version was specially designed to operate with aircrafts (agricultural or light) to cover wider areas, but due to application constraints it was adapted to motorcycles. This first level of automation has brought many benefits and a large decrease of workload and work time. However, there are still difficulties for motorcycles to access rough terrain or taken by erosion and the agricultural aircraft, for example, either do not fit well the application because the payload is not worth for the operational costs when releasing in biological control. In this context, the main goal of this Phase 2 PIPE research project is to continue the development of BioBOT, an equipment for optimal control of the releasing rate of loose parasitized eggs and autonomous operation using Remotely Piloted Aircrafts on very low altitude flights. The development of the cloud-connected software system for integrated management and planning of BioBOT operations will also be carried out. It is a system dedicated to applications of precision biological control that allows automatic billing, display of indicators and unique reports on the results of field release. (AU)