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Crowdsourced Mosquito Data

Crowdsourcing data to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases

By Kew Gardens

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  • Health
  • Data
  • Geolocation
  • Physical Computing

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, is crowdsourcing data to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. The idea is simple: each mosquito species has a different sound and local data could help to identify the ones that carry malaria. So the Kew Gardens team has developed a wearable acoustic sensor to be worn by inhabitants of rural areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Each type of mosquito has its own wing beat, allowing the research team to record the occurrence of different species, as well as daily readings of critical environmental conditions. Combined with detailed vegetation maps, this will be able to track disease-bearing mosquitoes. 

Over the next three years, Kew Gardens will work with Oxford University to turn this project into reality, creating a downloadable smartphone app and a range of wearable acoustic detectors. This prototype technology has the potential to be rolled out in every region of the world where mosquito-borne diseases pose a threat to life.

Last updated: 13th of August, 2014

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