Fear is the most powerful weapon of all emotions and is innate, that is, it is not a learned behavior. All animals suffer: even insects. We use the predator that most fears, even extinct. The important thing is that it has not disappeared from its evolutionary memory. We have deciphered their perception of fear and we have converted it into algorithms and digital sentences with which we program the autopilot that we mix with the aritificial vision, imitating its predator successfully.

Kowat

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • American Samoa
  • Spain

Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Food & Beverage, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Environmental Services, Consumer Goods

Type of initiative
Other

Type of lead actors
Business Sector, Scientific and Technical

Budget
325000 US$

Start date
12/09/2018

End date
29/11/2021

Shared by

Paco Morente

Biomimetics researcher and scientific director of the company Kowat Biomimetic Control S.L.

Observer Member of European Commission/ D.G. Environment/Unit B2 - Biodiversity

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Objectives

Bird pests are responsible for the loss of 25% of all crops in the world. In many cases they prevent farmers from exporting to local markets. It is not only about the depredation and intake of fruits, grains and fish, but it also spreads pests of fungi, viruses, insects and ectoparasites through their beaks, feathers and legs. Faeces and regurgitations transmit to fish more than 15 different types of diseases.

Activities

These drones are already commercialized and are profitable in 90% of all agricultural and aquaculture crops in the world because they effectively protect large areas and it is the small farmers who join to use them. They are very robust and are designed for hard agricultural work. Currently we are working to incorporate artificial vision with automatic persecution capacity in order to increase fear and improve its effectiveness: as it happens in nature. It is a simple system of use and ornithological or piloting knowledge is not necessary. It is enough with a charged battery and pressing a button for the drone to take off, simulate attacks and chases and land automatically.

Impact and Results

This invention has solved a global problem in a sustainable way. In addition to its applications in agriculture and aquaculture, it solves problems in the historical patrimony, maritime walks and in all those places where birds create problems or generate economic losses. In addition, it loyalizes the rural population, gives prestige to the worker and offers opportunities to the traditionally most disadvantaged population, such as women.

Next steps and how to get involved

This technology has been tested in Europe and South America but new fields of research must be opened to be tested in all pests in order to universalize technology and make it accessible to the whole world.