Dragonfly Trial Deployment at the singapore island country club

Posted 14/10/2021

It was 58 years ago that then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew ordered a merger between 2 clubs: Royal Singapore Golf Club and Royal Island Club. “The SICC is one of Singapore’s premier country clubs today. It has nearly 8,000 principal members, across 45 nationalities, and includes some of the creme de la creme from the public and private sectors.” – “Country club marks 50 years with new book” – Straits Time – Straits Times – Sun, Jul 07, 2013

Singapore Island Country Club, after the merger, has 2 locations: Bukit and Island. Despite the different venues, the management and staff at the club work hard together to provide an outstanding recreational environment for their members, including ensuring a safe and mosquito-free environment. 

Deployment objectives – Proving Dragonfly’s efficacy in a semi-outdoor area

Our deployment team brought Dragonfly to SICC 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 semi outdoor area of SICC 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 dining within 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.

Beautiful lush greenery near a nature reserve

– mosquito problems unavoidable

Figure 1: Dragonfly patrolling the dining deck at Singapore Island Country Club

The vast and beautiful lush greenery surrounding the golf course is a great backdrop for golfing and dining. But this also introduces mosquitoes and other insect problems to the club members. 

From our discussion with the team at SICC, we discovered that the club cares greatly about the well-being of their members and staffs. The team was excited to showcase any effort by the club to ensure that the vicinity is well protected from mosquitoes. Given how the beautiful Golf Course is situated right within a nature reserve, it is inevitable that preventing pesky mosquito bites, or worse, dengue fever, is an important task.

 

How does Dragonfly work?

Figure 2: Dragonfly beside the SICC logo

Promising Results from the Trial

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

Figure 3: Dragonfly’s Map of  SICC Dining Deck area

Over the course of 4 days, Dragonfly was tested at SICC Dining Deck area, a semi-outdoor area located on the 1st floor of the club (highlighted in red in Figure 3), to test its performance for semi-outdoor operation.
The robot caught a total of 57 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 on all days

 

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!

 

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 57 female mosquitoes that spread dengue. The robotics solution itself can be deployed as a complementing solution in between fogging/ fumigation to better control mosquito-related problems.

We are pleased that the trial was a success, and look forward to working with SICC and other members and social clubs. SICC has proudly featured Dragonfly in their weekly e-news and we are grateful for the chance to work hand-in-hand with such an amazing team to provide better robotics solutions for mosquito control. 

 

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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