EGPICElectronic Grain Probe Insect Counter
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EGPIC was jointly refined--to include species identification capabilities--with a Canadian company called OPIsystems, Inc.
A previous EGPIC revision identified insects by size and shape.
Shuman established the EGPIC Working Group to further validate the performance of his invention.
EGPIC sensors transmit insect counts back to a central computer via SMARTS, a data transmission network for large-scale monitoring with up to one million probes.
While current methods give only a snapshot of what's going on, EGPIC provides a continuous moving picture of what's happening inside a storage bin - and an accurate picture, having a 95 percent counting accuracy rate in lab tests.
EGPIC allows companies to avoid or reduce insecticides.
Eight copies of the prototype EGPIC system are being evaluated in lab and field tests with different products, climates, and locations.
"By analyzing this information and compiling guidelines, the EGPIC system can be configured to discriminate between different insect species based on their size," Epsky says.