Technologies

Initial thoughts on applications for PBS were all over the board as we talked with industry leaders who became excited about ‘early warning’ technology. As we explore opportunities further with scientists, engineers and technology experts, new ideas continue to emerge. Here are some of the early markets under consideration. When you think of others we would like to speak with you about your thoughts.

  • Pest Detection

    • Electronic pest detection can be very cost effective for pest management professionals (PMP) who can task human resources to only checking devices for which there are detection notifications received.

  • Zoonoses

    • Early detection of a zoonosis vector can be critical to relieving human suffering in remote areas or for populations that cannot recognize the danger for themselves.  The global burden of disease (GBD) assessment will benefit greatly from multi-sectoral efforts and we believe Global PBS can play a valuable role in that effort

  • Agriculture

    • Interest in agricultural applications is far reaching. The growing numbers of invasive pests that threaten food supplies around the world can be detected earlier with PBS so remediation can save considerable volumes of otherwise lost resources. Beetles, fruit flies, weevils, and many other pests can be detected early enough to avoid crop ruin, financial losses to farmers and increased prices to consumers.

  • Turfgrass

    • Golf courses

    • Owners tell us they have several key issues: 1) State restrictions on the amount of pesticides that can be used in a given period of time; 2) Best method practices (BMP) don't always target pest such as mole crickets at the most effective time. 3) Expensive pesticides are wasted and replacement of turfgrass disrupts operations because of failure to treat in the right location at the right time; 4) Leaching of manufactured substances into area waters from over-treating or "preventative" application is a growing environmental concern. Consider the benefits of "targeted" application of minimal amounts of pesticide to achieve the same results

      Any turfgrass environment offers the same opportunity as a golf course to benefit from this technology.  Sports complexes are good examples - baseball, soccer, and polo to name a few

      Municipalities with public parks, schools, and monument grounds maintained by taxpayer dollars would also benefit from cost effective reduction of "random application" of pesticides

  • Forestry

    • The "early warning" feature of PBS will be very valuable to the agencies that are researching methods to control the mountain pine beetle destruction in western Canada (and now the northwest US). This pest plagues Canada's Number 1 Industry, threatening to destroy thousands of acres of prime forest.

    • We know the beetle is present for several months before damage occurs.  Early detection would offer an opportunity for re-directing harvesting and other loss prevention options.  We are investigating use of a "line of defense" sensor pattern for high value areas like old growth timber, parks and recreation areas, and city areas planted with decorative trees. We are investigating intelligent "herding" and/or "repelling" methodologies for future inclusion in PBS devices.

  • Viticulture

    • We have had discussions about opportunities to assist the wine industry with early detection of pests that can be managed with organic or natural defenses rather than traditional pesticides for certain grape varieties. Maximizing growth periods and reducing damage from pest infestations can be economically critical in the very narrow growing seasons for some vineyards.