As part of our school project, at Polytech Sorbonne (Paris, France), we designed a tiny module able to transmit wirelessly thermal images from a Lepton FLIR 3.5 based camera. This camera was designed to detect Asian hornet nests.
Asian hornets have a direct impact on honey bee colonies by killing honey bees to feed themselves. This hornet endangers apiculture. However, their nests, despite being usually well hidden, has to be thermoregulated to 30 degrees, constantly.
This allows a farmer to detect a nest without endangering himself, by flying a drone equiped with our thermal camera and look for places where he couldn’t reach by himself, when for example he flies nearby a tree and find something that is nest-shaped like and warm enough.
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