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IoT for mosquito control and ecosystem studies
Monitor the evolution of an environment thanks to the IoT
Before working with Synox, EID Méditerranée relied mainly on the know-how and knowledge of its field agents. With the objective of continuous improvement, the structure, certified Quality (ISO 9001), Safety (ISO 45001) and Environment (ISO 14001), was looking for a solution to automate the collection of measurement data and reduce the travel and presence of agents in the field.
With more than 80 field agents, on a territory going from the borders of Marseille to Perpignan, it is better to optimize to ensure the coordination of actions!
After using the solution on a small scale with one of our “Stream Level” Starter Kits, EID-Med has chosen to move towards connected sensors to set up a whole monitoring network promoting interaction, connected data collection and reporting.
Humidity and temperature sensors: data that raises new questions
The monitoring of water levels allows agents and specialists of the controlled environments to anticipate the dynamics of mosquito egg hatching, and therefore to plan mosquito control interventions.
The monitoring of temperatures is also considered on the same principle, since it is a factor influencing the speed of development of mosquito larvae (aquatic phase) and that field observations tend to think that these parameters evolve with climate change.
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“The autonomy and reliability of the sensors is a very good point for us, so the day one of them stopped communicating, Ne looked for the cause and wee were far from thinking that it was a wild bull that interrupted that connection!”
For Nicolas Sidos (head of the Improvement of Practices and Operational Innovations division of EID Méditerranée), transparency, clarity and readability of data are very important. With his fellow field agents, specialists in their sector, he discovered information that he and they did not suspect.
“At the beginning, there were some doubts about the data feedback and reliability. But after testing the system, verifying the veracity of the data and using the comprehensive SoDATA#Viz data management platform for reporting, EID-Med saw the potential it represented for its business.” Nicolas SIDOS, Head of the Improvement of Practices and Operational Innovations Unit, EID Méditerranée.
“The advantages for us are numerous: monitoring of water levels, temperature and dynamics, remotely and in real time, to guide field monitoring. It also allows us to reduce our presence on site. It’s easy to use and the data is reliable.
The solution implemented
According to Nicolas, the link between vegetation and mosquito egg density is known and published. On-site data collection only confirms this.
The EID-Med has been able to map the areas known as “at risk”, Nicolas gives a precise example of the usefulness of a sensor with a defined alert threshold:
“For example, if a sensor alerts us to the fact that the water level in a wetland has risen and reached a “risk” environment for a few consecutive days, we know that there will be an explosion of mosquito larvae after the eggs have hatched. ” Nicolas SIDOS, Head of the Improvement of Practices and Operational Innovations Unit, EID Méditerranée.
Humidity and temperature sensors help the operator to evaluate the dynamics of watering of a wetland, which can have various and complex origins (natural influence from the sea, precipitation or anthropic: irrigation), in order to have the most accurate vision possible.
Activity: Public operator with a central mission to control harmful species of mosquitoes from coastal and retro coastal wetlands, since 1959.
The EID Méditerranée is a mixed syndicate, operator of 5 Departments (66, 11, 34, 30, 13) and the Occitanie Region.
- Monitor water level fluctuations, field biology and dynamics.
- Adapt to weather conditions.
- Intervene in the best way possible and make the data collected more reliable.
Implementation of a solution adapted to the very specific environment of a sustainable and scalable solution to study and control the development of mosquito larvae.
The fact of having a light human presence (or even no presence when the environment requires it) contributes to the reduction of the carbon footprint and the road risk and is an asset for EID-Med with respect to the managers of natural areas, in particular.
“It’s brought us things, so we’re continuing, multiplying the deployment to new sites and issues to be addressed.”