Real-time alerts of the presence and location of fruit fly


- Enabling the global trade of fruit and vegetables

Uploaded by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise on 2017-07-09.

the problem …

Fruit fly is the number one biosecurity issue in fruit and vegetable
production. Globally US$30 billion of fruit and vegetable production is
lost, and about US$18 billion in global trade is threatened, due to fruit fly.


the situation …

Monitoring of fruit fly numbers is key to managing outbreaks and to
provide the data required by international trade agreements to
certify market access. Monitoring for fruit fly is presently done manually;
and globally, millions of traps are checked every 7–14 days. In Australia,
governments manually maintain and check 12,000 traps year round; the
state of California maintains 63,000 traps. Many more fruit fly traps are
maintained by growers for pest management!


Manual checking causes delays, and risks outbreaks and the loss of access to valuable markets


the future …


The RapidAIM magic is in how we have combined our knowledge of fruit
fly behaviour with proprietary hardware and software to develop a grid of
instrumented, low-powered smart traps. The traps detect the presence of a
fruit fly, sends the data to the cloud for analytics, and generates an alert
for an end user.


Imagine having a map in front of you with the location of 1000s of traps
providing accurate and trustworthy surveillance. With RapidAIM, the
location and occurrence of fruit fly outbreaks can be seen on-
demand, and thus support rapid and efficient response.


Alert signals are sent to users in real time via low power area-wide networks. 


the winners …


The beneficiaries of this technology will be agronomists and growers
wanting to improve logistics for pest management, and government
biosecurity agencies wanting to detect early fruit fly incursions into fruit
fly free areas. Real-time alerts for early response will retain and open market access. 

Networked traps will allow for trapping data to be used for predictive
modelling. Having high RapidAIM trap coverage across a region means
more accurate pest forecasting and hence more value for customers.




RapidAIM ultra low power sensors capture unique behavioral "fingerprints" specific to fruit fly. 


Our Team


Photo by Lyndon Mechielsen

Dr Nancy Schellhorn 

Agro-ecologist and entomologist with domain knowledge in integrated pest management and fruit fly monitoring.



Mr Darren Moore 

Electronics engineer with a background in environmental monitoring systems, software and prototype development.



Ms Laura Jones 

Research technician with a background in insect behaviour and prototype development.


Behind The Scenes


RapidAIM wouldn’t exist without the talents and hard work of the following contributors:

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PCB design and mechanical engineering: 

Stephen Brosnan, Leslie Overs, Ben Wilson and the CSIRO Data61 Advanced Mechatronics Systems team


Cloud Development, RapidAIM App and UX development:

Tim Pitman, Dave Factor, Ben Barnes and the CSIRO Data61 Smart Infrastructure Systems team


Entomological field and laboratory support:

Anna Marcora, Xiaobei Wang (and website development), Cate Paull and the Pest Suppressive Landscapes Team



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