VectorWEB and VectorEYES – A System for Insect Surveillance and Tracking that Provides Actionable Insect Population Data to Public Health Administrators

Case ID:
C14441
Disclosure Date:
11/7/2016
Description:
Unmet Need
Currently, mosquito surveillance methods are costly in terms of human resources and not easily scalable. The invention is a low-cost solution that provides real-time mosquito surveillance data to health administrators, communities and individuals.

Technology Overview
The invention consists of two parts: VectorEyes; and VectorWeb.  VectorEYES, which are existing, evidence-based, ovitraps with one simple modification: the addition of low-cost, reprogrammed, camera-phone technology, which converts ovitraps into cloud connected surveillance sensors that transmit images of inside the trap to a central server using low bandwidth cellular phone networks so that mosquitoes can be identified and counted. VectorWEB is a system where data provided by multiple, field deployed, VectorEYES will be processed and displayed using a multi-tiered software ecosystem that allows health systems and individuals to view mapped vector densities in real time at a high resolution. Additionally, media, communities, and individuals will be able to receive SMS or app-based alerts of vector density and related risks to inform behavior, similar to how a weather forecast can influence how one approaches their day. The figure below shows a schematic of VectorWEB. Our team has developed preliminary prototypes and demonstrated the the technical feasibility of all components of this system.

Stage of Development
Prototype 

Publications
N/A
Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
VectorWEB and VectorEYES – A System for Insect Surveillance and Tracking that Provides Actionable Insect Population Data to Public Health Administrators PRO: Provisional United States 62/451,410 1/27/2017     Expired
VectorWEB and VectorEYES – A System for Insect Surveillance and Tracking that Provides Actionable Insect Population Data to Public Health Administrators PCT: Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT PCT/US2018/015369   1/26/2018     Pending
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For Information, Contact:
Mark Maloney
dmalon11@jhu.edu
410-614-0300
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