Z-Trap provides automatic, real-time trap data from your orchards.
Set up a Z-Trap at the start of the growing season, and leave it.
Monitor pests populations with our MyTraps software from your laptop and smartphone.
Catch problems early. Use less pesticide. Save more fruit.
MyTraps makes tracking pest populations, lures, & pesticide applications simple. Setup traps, record pests, and keep track of lures from the field. Visualize pest populations geographically and over time.
'...Z-Trap is an electronic insect trap that helps farmers remotely monitor an insect population and protect their crops from insect damage. In 2010, insects cost U.S. farmers around $20 billion in damaged crops and an additional $4.5 billion for insecticide.13 Z-Trap helps prevent crop damage by using pheromones to trap insects and then compile data on the number of different types of insects in the trap. Z-Trap wirelessly transmits the data, including its GPS coordinates, allowing farmers to view a map of the types of insects that have been detected.14 By remotely monitoring pests, farmers can place traps at a density dictated by specific needs, thereby saving time and money and minimizing the use of insecticides.' Daniel Castro and Jordan Misra, Center for Data Innovation
'...The state's life sciences initiative has announced the winners of its 2013 New Venture Competition. They include startups that develop agricultural pest control technology, cloud-based data sharing platforms for hospitals and medical devices. Of seven finalists, the top three are: 1. Spensa Technologies 2. Curvo 3. Jace Medical Emphymab Biotech, a company developing a disease-modifying platform drug for emphysema and other chronic diseases won in the Pre-Venture category. Winners were announced Monday evening during a reception at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit.' insideindianabusiness, insideindianabusiness
'...The second startup to win $50,000, Spensa Technologies–which Loyet voted for–was founded by a researcher at the University of Purdue and is based at Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette in Indiana. It has a cloud-based system for monitoring insects in real-time that allows farmers to reduce and control the amount of pesticide they use. Farmers place devices in the field that determine what kind of insects and how many of them are there and communicate that information through the cloud to a computer. Then farmers can analyze the data and make appropriate pesticide adjustments.' Anne Field, Forbes
'...September 25, 2013--Village Capital and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) announced today that two ventures were selected by their peers in the Village Capital VentureWell startup accelerator. Solar Site Design and Spensa Technologies each received $50,000 to advance their clean tech and agriculture ventures. The investments will allow the startups to further develop products to assist in the planning of solar power projects and improve pest control management for farmers.' InsideINdianaBusiness, InsideINdianaBusiness.com
'...As autumn approaches and Indiana apple orchards near picking season, a West Lafayette-based startup says it will help farmers deliver a bountiful harvest, because the fruit was protected by the company's pest-control technology during growing season. Apple orchards in Pennsylvania and Washington state—leading production sites in the country—as well as Indiana are using Spensa Technologies' Z-Trap, a high-tech trapping device that enables farmers to track their fields' pest population in real-time via a smart phone and take immediate action to protect their crops. The electronic trap automates what's traditionally a laborious task for the farmer. The traps—usually deployed in multiple places throughout the field—use pheromones to attract and capture a specific "target" pest, while not harming beneficial insects, such as those that do pollination work. Operating on a six-month battery life, the trap counts the number of pests captured and sends the information wirelessly to the grower's smartphone or computer. Working hand-in-hand with the company's MyTraps interface, the grower can view a satellite image of his fields with counts of how many pests have been captured in each Z-trap.' Inside Indiana Business, Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Crop producers and consultants could have more energy-efficient, versatile tools to use for integrated pest management processes, thanks to an agriculture technology firm that received grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa Technologies Inc., based in the Purdue Research Park, said integrated pest management is an ecological approach to managing pests in agricultural crops. "The main goal is to reduce the amount of pesticide applications by providing precise information as to when, where and how much pesticide should be applied while keeping pest damage to a minimum," he said.' Steve Martin, purdueresearchpark.com
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An upgraded online pest management program could help agricultural growers and consultants track insect populations to better control crop damage caused by pests and reduce the amount of insecticides released into the environment. "Safely controlling insect populations is one of the biggest dilemmas facing crop growers and agricultural consultants," said Johnny Park, president and CEO of Spensa Technologies Inc., a Purdue Research Park-based company that developed the online tool MyTraps.com. "In the U.S. in 2010, crop growers lost $20 billion to insect damage and spent $4.5 billion on insecticides."' Allan Fetters, Purdue Research Foundation
'...Z-Trap is a digital Roach Motel for farm pests: Insects check in and they don’t check out, but they do leave an electronic fingerprint. That fingerprint, according to Tom Puterbaugh, vice president of products for Spensa Technologies, is used to distinguish between an innocent ladybug and a crop-eating locust. The electronic traps are placed in the field, creating a wireless sensor network that collects data on the type of insect, density of the infestation, and location in the field, all available via a PC or smartphone. The technology, developed at Purdue University, provides real-time monitoring of insect populations, letting farmers reduce the use of harmful pesticides by targeting only problem areas. Spensa is testing Z-Trap on crops in the U.S., as well as in South America and Australia. Puterbaugh says the company isn’t ready to disclose pricing but says it is “on the doorstep” of having a commercial product ready and plans to begin sales to U.S. apple growers this year.' Ira Sager, BusinessWeek.com
'...Spensa Technologies Inc. received $80,000, and Tymora Analytical Operations LLC received $20,000 from the Emerging Innovations Fund, which helps move research discoveries from Purdue University to the market. The fund was established in 2008 as a partnership between the Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue University.' Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new online application developed and launched by Spensa Technologies Inc. will help growers and pesticide consultants electronically track the number of insects in their crop fields so they can better control crop damage caused by insects and improve the use of insecticides. MyTraps.com, launched in March 2012, enables growers and consultants to electronically manage insect data and pesticide records on a secure website by entering the data into the site through a Web browser or smart phone.' Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue.edu/newsroom
'...An electronic trap for monitoring insect pests will free up growers or employees from the chore of checking trap catches every week in the field. The battery-operated trap, well under development, will allow them to monitor trap catches online in real time. The project to develop the trap is part of a national research program on labor-saving technology called Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops. Dr. Vince Jones, entomologist at Washington State University, who is a cooperator in the project, said that as orchards expand in size, driving around checking traps in the field can be a considerable expense, particularly as the cost of labor and gasoline increase. Electronic monitoring should be easier and cheaper.' Geraldine Warner and Melissa Hansen, GoodFruit.com
'...BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — Ever thought of thinning an orchard on a mechanical platform with no driver, only a computer? Or how about being able to check the pheromone traps in your orchard by simply clicking on your smartphone? Sounds crazy right? It might not be that far off.' Chris Torres-Staff Writer, Lancaster Farming
'...The key to integrated pest management is monitoring—knowing what is going on in your orchard. “Monitoring is very, very expensive. It takes time and manpower, and it has to be accurate,” says Dr. Larry Hull, Penn State University entomologist. He explained that he and a team of seven collaborators from across the United States are working on a project to make monitoring more efficient and less costly.' Richard Lehnert, GoodFruit.com
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