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Fractals project: OliFLY- Olive Flies Remote Monitoring System

OliFLY objectives

The general objective of the project »Olive Flies Remote Monitoring System« is to develop a cost-effective, yet user-friendly system for automatic monitoring of olive fly occurrence and expanding which will enable prompt and efficient response and subsequently result in sustainable development and farming.


The World produces approximately 18 million tonnes of olives every year, and olive fly (Bactrocera oleae) is the single biggest problem facing the majority of olive plantations. European Union is the leading producer and consumer of olive oil, producing 73 % and consuming 66 % of the World's olive oil. Eurostat reports that in 2007 there were 1.9 million farms with olive groves in the EU.
Olive fly infestation, even at low levels, makes table olives unmarketable and adversely affects the acidity, and hence quality and value of olive oil. In Greece, approximately €35 million is spent annually on control of olive fly to prevent estimated losses to the industry of €650 million. Control methods such as pheromone disruption, various lures and traps, and biotechnology have already been used, but generally with little success, especially when population density is high. Consequently, application of pesticides still remains the preferred treatment.
Currently, farmers have to inspect pest traps in the fields, which is time consuming and costly due to the additional work hours. Time spent for inspecting traps is consequently reduced by less frequent inspections, making the catching of the pest population explosion at the right time less likely. Inevitable consequence of such approach is the overuse of pesticides with a poorer outcome and higher costs (financial and environmental).
Additionally, although several innovative solutions have already been presented, commercial ones tend to be too costly for the small scale operations, which prevail in the olive products market.

The solution
OliFLY automated imaging system for monitoring olive fly occurrence in the orchards will record a real-time images of the pest traps, enabling farmers to monitor olive fly population growth and dynamics on their farm directly on their phone or on the webpage.

  • OliFLY system will enable prompt reaction to the olive fly population growth, resulting in optimal and effective pesticide use to minimize the damage and preserve the fruit quality as well as save farmers’ time and money.
  • The cameras will image the pest trap and transfer information in real-time through Web. 
  • The images will be of sufficient quality to enable olive fly identification and distinction from other species.
  • The information system is intended to be easy to use, not needing extensive training or providing surplus data not crucial for deciding when to apply the treatment. 
  • OliFLY system will also enable affordable prices and easy replacements in the case of vandalism or theft. 
  • OliFLY solution will enable the best management practices in the scope of environmental, health and food protection.

OliFLY system will provide several economic benefits:

  • Reduced labour cost due to automatic monitoring system which does not require frequent trap inspection and thus takes considerably less time;
  • Reduced labour and pesticide cost due to less frequent treatment which will be applied at optimal time and only at infested areas;
  • The system cost and maintenance will be well within the budget that farmers would be prepared to spend on such application, and will not contribute considerably to the production costs;
  • Our approach will significantly contribute to reducing crop quality and losses, consequently reducing financial losses and olive products prices.

In order to achieve our objective, we will do the following:

  1. Set-up the system (camera - module) in several olive groves:
    We will develop a system composed of cameras and communication modules that will be robust, simple to install and assembled from the low-cost, but efficient components.
  2. Connect and manage data on servers:
    All the field systems will be connected with the servers. We will createa data base for users, pictures and other relevant data.
  3. Distribute and communicate with end users:
    We will enable distribution of data (images) to the end users through Web and give them the possibility for a feedback.
  4. Enable system state/status monitoring:
    We will develop a subsystem for monitoring status of the on-field systems and communication ways. The users will be able to overview the status and change working parameters of the system (for example frequency of imaging).

OliFLY project presentation:
- ppt presentation;
- OliFLY video.


»This project is funded by FRACTALS (Future Internet Enabled Agricultural Applications, FP7 project No. 632874), under the funding framework of the European Commission.«


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Project news:

19.11.2015 - The first long-ter OliFLY system field test successfully performed

27.10.2015 - On the field with first OliFLY prototype

7.10.2015 - Everything is going according to plan

1.6.2015 - Getting Started with »OliFLY- Olive Flies Remote Monitoring System« project