Our CODE_n Finalists FaunaPhotonics is planning to work in partnership with the crop science industry to offer seamless data integration between in-field sensors and the leading digital farming software platforms. This will enable crop science players to make advancements in data analytics. In this interview, CEO Frederik Taarnhøj lets us know how exactly this works and what it could mean for the agricultural market (- let’s just say right here – it could mean quite a lot)!
What is FaunaPhotonics all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Frederik: FaunaPhotonics is specialized in developing and providing laser devices in a new and exciting field. Our technology can perform real time spatial mapping of flying insects. For this we use a LIDAR, an instrument that emits a broad laser beam and detects the reflected light from insects, giving information about the size, behaviour or even color of the biological object. Accurate knowledge about the presence of pest insects in agriculture or disease vectors such as malaria mosquitoes is a key component in developing new and more sustainable strategies. Thus, we aim to quantify nature to ensure sustainable crop utilization and to improve tools for disease control and biodiversity for the benefit of mankind. We are working with partners in agriculture, malaria control and environmental monitoring to bring our new technique to market. The laser technology making this possible was invented by a creative researcher at Lund University in Sweden. FaunaPhotonics, which is based in Denmark is working hard to activate application of the LIDAR technology in high impact fields with very skilled employees joining our journey.