DRAGONFLY TRIAL DEPLOYMENT AT tanah merah country club

Posted 26/10/2021

“I was in charge of building the new Changi Airport at the time. I happened to be in the helicopter with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (then Prime Minister of Singapore), when he came up with the idea to develop the piece of land adjacent to the Airport into a golf course.” – Sim Kee Boon, Founding Chairman of TMCC

Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) is located within the beautiful vast green of the East Coast, which is appealing to golf players. However, this expanse of greenery is also very inviting to insects, including mosquitoes. The TMCC, like many other exclusive clubs that we have deployed at, highly values the comfort and safety of their members, so this collaboration with our team to test out Dragonfly – the world’s first mosquito-control robot would be greatly beneficial. 

Deployment objectives – Open landscape area

Our deployment team brought Dragonfly to Tanah Merah Country Club for a deployment trial that was held over four days at the end of September 2021. One of the main objectives of this trial deployment was to verify if Dragonfly could patrol around the outdoor dining area of TMCC without any assistance or human intervention. In addition, the team needed to ensure that Dragonfly could navigate autonomously to different way points without colliding with any staff or visitors strolling around the 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.

A player’s paradise – for both humans and mosquitoes

Figure 1: The vast green surrounding Tanah Merah Country Club (Garden Course)

Situated within the East Coast greenery, the Tanah Merah Country Club management is naturally concerned with a potential mosquito problem. Dragonfly – our mosquito-control robot – was tested at the semi-outdoor dining deck and swimming pool area over a period of 4 days. With lush green landscapes and attractive water features, TMCC’s goal is to strike a balance between maintaining their leisure facilities and avoiding any potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. This is especially pertinent, with kids playing in the children’s pool nearby.


In an effort to protect their members and staff from the potential risk of dengue transmission, Tanah Merah Country 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 Tanah Merah Country 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 dining deck area and swimming pool on the morning of the first day (see Figure 3), and the trial proceeded smoothly.

Figure 3: Dragonfly’s Map of TMCC dining and kid’s swimming pool

Over the course of 4 days, Dragonfly was tested at TMCC dining deck and around the kid’s swimming pool, 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 27 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 27 female mosquitoes that spread dengue. Our robotics solution can be deployed to complement other dengue-control measures such as fogging/ fumigation, to provide a holistic solution to the dengue problem in Singapore.
We are pleased that the trial was a success, and look forward to working with TMCC and other membership and social clubs in the future.

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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