Company Launch!

Laura Jones (COO), Nancy Schellhorn (CEO) and Darren Moore (CTO)

Laura Jones (COO), Nancy Schellhorn (CEO) and Darren Moore (CTO)


We are celebrating the official incorporation of RapidAIM PTY LTD, and an investment from Main Sequence Ventures! It has been a big step to transition from our jobs as CSIRO scientists to starting our own company. The RapidAIM technology was developed within CSIRO and is exclusively licenced to RapidAIM PTY LTD. We are super excited to begin this new adventure!


Real-time data flow

RapidAIM provides real-time information about the presence and location of insect pests.

Our company vision is to be the leading data service provider enabling efficient sustainable pest management.


Our First Product

Fruit fly detection and monitoring


the problem …

Manual monitoring for pest insects is costly and time consuming, but it is vital to managing pest outbreaks. Data is often required by international trade agreements to certify market access.

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 for fruit fly and other key insect pests is presently done manually.
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 and traps for other pests 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 insect behaviour with proprietary hardware and software to develop a grid of
instrumented, low-powered smart traps. The traps detect the presence of an insect, 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 pest outbreaks can be seen on-
demand, supporting 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 more value for customers.




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


Our Team


Dr Nancy Schellhorn - CEO

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


Mr Darren Moore - CTO

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


Ms Laura Jones - COO

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 laboratory, field and technical support:

Anna Marcora, Xiaobei Wang, Cate Paull and the CSIRO Pest Suppressive Landscapes Team



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