PRESS RELEASE: Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop Light-Based Alternatives to Pesticides
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good today announced a research agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation light technologies for pest control. Based on Global Good’s photonic fence invention and Lighting Science’s light-control technology, the joint development effort will focus on field-ready prototypes that offer an environmentally-responsible alternative to chemical pesticides. Lighting Science plans to leverage this development effort to create a new company to bring highly efficient and effective pest control products for health, commercial and residential use around the world.
Combining low-cost sensors and laser technology with software to identify, track, and eliminate insects, the photonic fence device was first invented by Intellectual Ventures to address the spread of malaria in developing countries. In addition to its potential use for global health organizations fighting vector-borne diseases, the photonic fence technology also presents significant applications for one of the largest industries worldwide, agriculture.