DRAGONFLY TRIAL DEPLOYMENT AT SWISS CLUB

Posted 15/10/2021

“Until the 1980s, the Swiss Club maintained a 300-metre shooting range targeting the peak of Bukit Tinggi. But members and guests did not only come to the Club to shoot: during these early years the Club was also a home away from home for its members and many friendships were formed.” – Swiss Club Singapore

Swiss Club Singapore focuses not only on providing a great environment for recreational activities, but also brings friends and expats together. The club is situated right next to the Swiss School with shared facilities, marking the venue as a fun family gathering spot, not only for adults but also children.

Deployment objectives – Open landscape area

Our deployment team brought Dragonfly to Swiss Club for a deployment trial that was held over four days at the start of September 2021. One of the main objectives of this trial deployment was to verify if Dragonfly could patrol around the outdoor dining deck area of Swiss Club without any assistance or human intervention. In addition, the team needed to ensure that Dragonfly could navigate autonomously to different way points without colliding into any staff or members in the crowded dining area.
The trial will also be used as a preliminary benchmark for the average number of mosquitoes that Dragonfly may catch per day in a semi-outdoor environment.

Appealing family gathering spot for both adults and children

Figure 1: Aerial View of Swiss Club

As Swiss Club is located within the vast greenery of Bukit Tinggi, a potential problem with mosquitoes is a great concern to the team, especially when young children also frequent the club. Dragonfly, our mosquito-control robot, was tested at the dining deck area for the period of 4 days. With lush green landscapes and attractive water features, the goal is to balance between maintaining the greenery and avoiding any potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, to protect their members and staff.

In an effort to protect their members and staff from the potential risk of dengue transmission, the Swiss Club collaborated with us during our latest Dragonfly Trial Deployment to test out the performance of Dragonfly, the world’s first mosquito-control robot.

How does Dragonfly work?

Figure 2: Dragonfly at the Swiss Club

Dragonfly is the world’s first autonomous mosquito trap and kill robot. Equipped with a full suite of high performance mosquito control features, our robots offer effective protection against mosquito bites, risk of dengue and other diseases.

The robot attracts mosquitoes based on an effective combination of:

1. Visual cues (High-contrast stripes, UV light)
2. Olfactory cues (lure)
3. Motion
4. Fan (Passive lure)

In addition to the visual and olfactory cues, the motion of the robot further increases the robot’s attractiveness to mosquitoes; studies have shown that mosquitoes are attracted to moving targets more than stationary targets.

In addition, a fan acts as a passive trap to suck mosquitoes that happen to be near the robot into an enclosed chamber, where they will be caught on an additional glue trap.

Read more about Dragonfly in our latest brochure!

 

Promising Results from the Trial

Dragonfly successfully mapped the indoor lobby area on the morning of the first day (see Figure 3), and the trial proceeded smoothly.

Figure 3: Dragonfly’s Map of Swiss Club Dining Deck area

Over the course of 4 days, Dragonfly was tested at the Swiss Club Dining deck area, a semi-outdoor area located on the 1st floor of the club (circled in red in Figure 3), to test its performance for semi-outdoor operation.

The robot caught a total of 30 female mosquitoes, which are capable of spreading diseases over four days (See Table 1 for more details)

Table 1: Number of mosquitoes caught by Dragonfly during the trial

Figure 4: Mosquitoes caught in a semi-outdoor environment of the week

 

Future Plans

The results from the trial show that Dragonfly has helped with reducing the mosquito population in the environment. In particular, Dragonfly is able to catch 30 female mosquitoes that spread dengue. The robotics solution itself can be deployed as a solution in between fogging/fumigation sessions to better control mosquito-related problems.

We are pleased that the trial was a success, and look forward to working with Swiss Club and other membership and social clubs. The robot also helped to detect a high number of termites in the environment, which indicates a potential termite problem for the wooden deck area.
“We thank Oceania Robotics for conducting a 4 day trial of the dragonfly mosquito control robot at Swiss Club Dining deck area. The club is promptly notified by the team about the mosquito count and potential termite problem. We look forward to exploring a potential collaboration with Oceania Robotics (now Moto Robotics) in the future.” – Mr Samy Kumar, facilities manager at the Swiss Club.

If you are interested in deploying Dragonfly or any of our other robots at your compound or facility, feel free to reach out to us at:

info@motorobotics.com

 

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