Farmers, crop advisers and consultants can use new technology from a Purdue Research Park-based firm to organize, store and share findings from scouting trips to their fields and orchards.
MyTraps Scout from Spensa Technologies Inc. allows growers and crop advisers to use mobile devices to document scouting trip findings using text, photographs, audio and video. The reports are automatically and securely stored and can be reviewed by chronology or geography through MyTraps.com.
MyTraps Scout is developed by Spensa Technologies Inc. Johnny Park, president and CEO, said the technology allows users to use mobile devices to document findings using text, photographs, audio and video.
“Scouting reports are synchronized with MyTraps.com, where users can access data, see trends and determine trouble areas on their property,” he said. “The reports are automatically and securely stored. They can be reviewed by chronology or geography and are easily shared via email.”
Park, who is a research assistant professor in Purdue University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said MyTraps Scout could increase transparency and trust between crop advisers and farmers.
“When notes are taken using GPS-enabled mobile devices, growers can revisit the exact locations on a scouting trip,” he said. “Photographs, geo-references and timestamps make communicating the findings much clearer.”
Park said Spensa Technologies has added new features to MyTraps.com, which also works with Z-Trap, the company’s pest management solution that detects the target insects it has trapped and sends data wirelessly to a mobile phone or computer.
“Users now can manage multiple locations from MyTraps.com, organize locations by client and receive weekly reports via email, including scouting notes and trap captures,” he said. “Users also now can view trap data on a map, graph or chart view with MyTraps.com.”