My idea is a system that monitors the traps in short trap lines used on private properties. This would (hopefully) increase motivation for people to trap on their own properties and continue trapping once started. My invention will simply monitor each trap and notify the user when a trap has been triggered saving time checking emtpy traps.
What conservation problem are you trying to solve?
I am trying to help the cause of total erradication of rats possums and stoats throughout New Zealand. With more people trapping in private areas, more pests will effectively be eliminated.
How are you going to solve this conservation problem?
I am going to help solve this issue by making trapping less of a chore. With my system private trappers will be notified when traps have been triggered as opposed to ventering off to waste time checking empty traps. The user will also be able to attend to the trap sooner, as they will know when it was triggered. This way they don't have to clean out a trap that went off 3 weeks ago.
What makes your idea new and unique?
My idea is unique because it allows anyone to trap with ease, cleaning up more areas rather than just those monitored in national parks for example.
Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?
People interesting in private trapping can use this potential product to monitor traps on their land and will benefit by saving time.
What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?
With the grant I would want to develop this project from what it currently is into a commercial product that people could purchase to hopefully motivate more and more people to start trapping.
At the moment the concept is proven and the modules work on a principle basis. Developments made would need to be extended battery life as well as actually turning it into a product rather than something devised in a classroom.
Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident?