WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — 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
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
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.”