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IRIS is able to graphically document the reaction of several roe deer to the Handheld Laser.

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Last July 7th, Santi (IRIS) and Nacho (Volterra), after many failed attempts in the last months, managed to record on video, the reaction of several roe deer to the Laser Fence system. The success of this event is threefold:

– It has been clearly documented, through a video produced by IRIS for the project partners, how these mammals react to the laser. On other occasions, the presence of the IRIS team involved an external agent that could influence the animal’s behaviour. In this case, the recording was successfully made at a distance of 700m.

– Simultaneously, it has been possible to take pictures with the animals’ drone and it has been decisive in the search for the animals.

– The effect of the drone’s noise when flying on the animals has been proven.

The success of the test lies in the selection of the work area by Nacho: San Martín de Humada (Burgos). On the other hand, the time, 6:00 a.m., was also a relevant element: the laser beam was visible at more than 1 km and it is the time when these animals graze in the agricultural plots near the forests.

 


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Visit to farmers contacted in the FIMA

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Attendance at FIMA Zaragoza, by IRIS and Volterra, has made the project known to a large number of people. Several farmers have shown interest after the event and are offering their plots for the replication phase.

During the last month, several visits have been made to those interested, in different locations, in Spain, to study each situation individually (target animal or animals).

The main objective was to evaluate the suitability of the use of the Fence Laser system in each of these farms.

In addition, the trips have been used for testing with handheld equipment. Currently, both Volterra and IRIS have met with farmers, stockbreeders and technicians in Alcover (Tarragona), Tomiño (Pontevedra), Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra) and Aguilar de Campo (Palencia). In all cases, the acceptance of the system and its operation has been fabulous. We believe that, in the future, we will have a diverse range of plots to implement replication actions.


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Volterra and Iris visited Smart Rural in Valladolid to get training and assistance on Tileo web-platform

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While visiting the agriculture show Fima in Zaragoza, Egbert Sonneveld and Santiago Martinez, met with Sergio Rodriguez from Smart Rural in Valladolid. Sergio presented a new product called Tileo which is a web based tool to upload data of any kind into the cloud to enable different users to retrieve and use them on any device from desktop computer to mobile phone. They agreed that a second meeting with Smart Rural R&D Director Diego Merino would be necessary. The complete Volterra staff in Palencia and Santiago Martinez from Iris got a perfect explanation on topics how to upload geographic information on the plots, the data recorded with UAV and excel sheets on Tileo. Diego showed that it is a very powerful tools to store data and to retrieve the information almost tailor made for the end user being the farmer, the agronomist or other stakeholder.

Volterra and Iris got the possibility to use the Tileo tool for a some time to explore the possibilities and to implement it eventually in one or more of its projects.

 


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Trials in Anguiano

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On Friday, February 23th, Santiago Martinez from IRIS and Nacho Martín from Volterra performed several trials with the Handheld laser in the agricultural fields of Anguiano, where farmers are having severe problems with deers eating the crops. A drone flight was also carried out to analyze the presence of mammals in the area.