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March 30, 2017

Watchdog and Patroldog are working together in order to first detect and then collect dog poo from the streets. “Watchdog is an aerial drone that uses GPS technology to guide Patroldog on the ground”, explains Marc from Space53. The aerial drone uses modern cameras as well as thermal imaging. “This technology is currently used to detect fawns in high grass areas and prevent deadly encounters with harvesters. We use the same technology to detect dog poo on heat maps and sent the GPS location to the ground drone Patroldog to collect the poo”.

 

Dog Poo is a Problem for Dog Owners as well

The idea for Dogdrones originated when Gerben Lievers and Marc Sandelowsky met at an event for entrepreneurs from the Twente region. Lievers and Sandelowsky did not know each other before, but got talking about the dog business and the newest developments in the area of drone technology. Lievers: “We talked about drone technology and the possibilities and solutions that are made possible through new developments in the drone world. During the conversation we got talking about a huge problem in the Netherlands. Dog Poo.” On Tinki.nl, a Dutch website to compare dog products, dog poo is a big topic and widely discussed among the community. We have more than 13.000 followers on Facebook, mostly people who own dogs themselves. They are frustrated about owners that do not clean up the mess of their dogs, as well. In the beginning we were just joking around, but then realized that we can solve a huge problem.“

Every year 100 million kilos of dog poo are not disposed

According to Lievers, dog poo is not only annoying but also a serious problem. “In the Netherlands, every year 100 million kilos of dog poo are not disposed.” Especially with the rising temperature in spring, dog poo can seriously endanger people’s health. Dog poo contains bacteria, viruses, parasites and worms that are especially harmful for children. Adults and other dogs are at risk, as well. Parasite eggs can survive for years and result in a danger of infection if dog poo is not properly disposed.

 

Prototypes are tested in Living Lab Twente

Lievers and Sandelowsky have worked together since the beginning of the year to develop prototypes of Watchdog 1 and Patroldog 1. Sandelowsky:”The idea matches our wish to develop innovative solutions and test them in the world around us. This is done in so called living labs. These are research environments where several parties can work together to develop smart solutions. 

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