Analytical models integrated with satellite images
for optimized pest management
L. Zack Bright
L. Anders Brownworth
Ulrich R. Bernier
Noel M. Elman
Published online: 30 January 2016
© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
Abstract The global ﬁeld protection (GFP) was developed to protect and optimize pest
management resources integrating satellite images for precise ﬁeld demarcation with
physical models of controlled release devices of pesticides to protect large ﬁelds. The GFP
was implemented using a graphical user interface to aid the end-user to select location and
deﬁne an arbitrary perimeter for protection. The system provides coordinates of drop points
for the controlled release devices which can be delivered using drone technology, e.g.
unmanned air vehicles. In this work, we present the ﬁrst proof of concept of this technology.
A vast number of pest management applications can beneﬁt from this work, including
prevention against vector-borne diseases as well as protection of large agriculture ﬁelds.
Keywords Pest management · Satellite images · UAV · Drones · Controlled release
devices · Vector-borne diseases
The objective of this research work was to develop a unique system integration for delivery
and dispersion of functional micro-dispensers (FMDs) as controlled release devices of
insecticides using satellite images and basic drone technology. This unique integration will
& Noel M. Elman
Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 500 Technology
Square, NE47-525, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnolo
gico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), Ave.
Madero 399, A-1-2, CP 1106 Buenos Aires, Argentina
United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Center for Medical,
Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, 1600 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA
Department of Materials Science, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson,
TX 75080, USA
Precision Agric (2016) 17:628–636