YF probe

Function of the equipment

The function of the equipment is to monitor insects living on the surface soil, and to detect those which get into the trap, as well as to take photos of them. Detected and photo data are sent through the GPRS module to the central data processing server.

The equipment has its own power supply for the time between placements, but energy is mainly provided by the solar cell power supply unit.

Structure of the equipment 

The equipment consists of the following parts:

  • YF trap
  • 150 mm diameter protecting tube
  • 150 mm diameter collection container
  • YF sensor case, equipped with third generation IR2 sensor and photographing unit
  • 12 core, shielded cable for power supply and communication
  • D-Sub 15 connector
  • Sample collector
  • Protective umbrella
Structure of the trap:

The function of the protecting tube of the YF electronic probe is to protect the mechanical parts, and to enable regular control and management operations. After placing the protecting tube, the combined sensing probe system is set within it with the photography equipment, and the collection container is placed above this (Picture 1-2).

Picture 1-2. Combined sensing probe system

The YF trap is placed on the surface in such way that its opening is situated above the collection container (Picture 3). Animals which get into the YF trap are directed toward the collection container by guidance components, and fall into the detected area, where they are counted and photographed. The photography area is 21×30 mm.

Picture 3. Structure of the probe with YF trap

The closure of the sensor case is ensured by stainless steel, both at the upper and lower part, and a glass tube in the detecting band. The sensor can be disassembled, making maintenance and cleaning possible. Following photography, animals which get into the probe are directed toward the sample collector.

Detecting is implemented by an IR 2 sensor with a 35 mm diameter effective detecting area. After detection, the animal gets to the photo chamber through a unique funnel, where a 640×480 pixel, 0,046 mm resolution photo is taken of it.

Picture 4. IR 2 sensor