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User Stories

Our solutions run in a variety of crops, from flowers to high-wire vegetables.


Want to know what our users think, and how they are working with the PATS technology? Read all about it in their testimonials below.

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Hortipower is a Belgian grower of plum tomatoes and affiliated with Coöperatie Hoogstraten. The company has been working with the PATS-C system for 2 seasons now. 


“This season we started the crop in January. In parallel, we started monitoring with PATS-C. Earlier detection of Tuta absoluta and Tomato looper pests is certainly useful. It aids our IPM program as it makes us more alert, apart from the weekly scouting which we already perform. We now know what to look for and when to look for it, making our searches for potential Tuta absoluta hotspots more targeted.”

Tuta absoluta is originally from South America, and today widely present in tomato crops in Europe and other continents. When present in the greenhouse, it can take 4 to 6 weeks before you see crop damages. With this solution we are more timely aware of an infestation. Seeing the adults from the very start enables very rapid intervention, stopping the pest development in its early stages. This means less interventions, saving us spraying rounds and accompanied cost. As PATS-C monitors pest activity each night, we can then also track the effect of each intervention on the population through the daily updated dashboard.

PATS-C is useful to me as a crop manager, as we have to allocate less labour to scouting and are enabled to act timely on pests.


Astrid Sneyders, Crop Manager

Hortipower (Tomeco)

Read the Hortipower testimonial in Dutch

Rani Mertens, Researcher

Research Centre Hoogstraten (PCH)

"With one camera we have a solid understanding of moth pressure development in our two hectares greenhouse."
"With PATS-C we can make decisions on interventions much earlier, resulting in less pest outbreaks."
"We now know that with BT applications we can keep up with the pest for a longer period, and as a result we use less insecticides."

LG Flowers


‘With PATS-C, active moths can be clearly monitored in the dark’


Gerbera nursery LG Flowers in Pijnacker started using one PATS-C system in March 2021. The excellent results achieved in combatting the golden twin-spot moth led them to expand to five systems at the start of this year. With PATS-C the moth pests are ‘visible’ a generation earlier than the observations with the standard traps. By having a picture of the population development sooner, the infestation can be handled better. 


When cultivating gerberas, the golden twin-spot moth, also known as the tomato looper (Chrysodeixis chalcites), presents a huge challenge, due to the lack of effective pesticides against the caterpillars. The caterpillars can cause a lot of damage in the crop very quickly and so must be monitored closely and combatted. “There are no good biological enemies against the golden twin-spot moth, which can take care of the problem completely. 

And in 2021 we did not have the right pesticides. Now there is a reliable agent on the market, but we could not use it in the spring and summer because of the biology” explained cultivation manager Mike Mulder. To monitor the moths, light traps are used, and their attraction is enhanced with a pheromone. This combination does trap a large proportion of the moths. A count is done weekly.

Monitoring activity under blackout screen 

The cultivation manager continued, “The introduction of the PATS-C system for monitoring has been greatly beneficial. You see what is happening under the blackout screen after it is closed at the end of the afternoon. As soon as it is dark, the moths become active and start flying around.”

He used the first year of implementation with PATS-C to become familiar with the system and conceive a strategy of what best to do with it. With the installation of PATS-C in March last year, the cultivation manager was actually lagging behind because the golden twin-spot moth was already flourishing. “To get this moth pest under control, we had to spray with an agent sometimes twice a week all summer and into the autumn. We wanted to ensure that we were rid of the infestation in the winter. We ultimately succeeded, so this year we started with a clean slate.”


Hanging cameras at crucial indication points

The five systems now hang at important indication points where the first moths could be expected to appear, distributed over three gardens amounting to a total of 12.5 hectares. Each camera has a light trap nearby. Mulder added, “At these crucial points in the greenhouse, we could clearly observe the first flying moth. As soon as we saw the first one this year using the data from the PATS-C system, we called a meeting with our crop protection advisor to plan our defence. The monitoring enabled us to start three weeks earlier, because we could clearly predict when the caterpillar phase would begin. 

Before then we could carry out a preventive spraying, so the caterpillars died as soon as they took the first ‘bite’ of an ingestion or contact agent.” Now, when the cultivation manager sees a spike on the data graph of the PATS-C dashboard, he can combat the golden twin-spot moth caterpillar by adding a selective agent to the spraying system. 

Limiting financial damage

“Last year we suffered extensive damage from the golden twin-spot moth. This year we had just a few caterpillars. We saw hardly any caterpillars (that ultimately do all the damage) among the plants. It is incredible how with PATS-C we have been able to limit the financial damage compared to last year.” The cultivation manager keeps scouting for the golden twin-spot moth in this way and annihilating it wherever found. He is even thinking of adding two more systems in the coming cultivation season at important indication points. Mulder has only praise for the advice and supervision provided by the PATS Indoor Drone Solutions company and the information provided for improvements to the tools. 

Mike Mulder - Cultivation manager 

LG Flowers

Read the LG Flowers testimonial in Dutch

"We now fully trust the PATS-C system as our day-to-day monitoring device, and adjust our strategy accordingly. Before this, we used UV-traps for scouting. But now we only use these to catch away part of the adults."
"With the data from PATS-C we were able to adjust our strategy. We decided to do an extra application over the weekend when pest numbers rose, but were also able to cancel some nematode orders when numbers were very low, saving us money and damages."
"Now that we know precisely which hours the adult moths are most active during the night, we have changed the time of application with our misting system (LVM)."

Ammerlaan TGI

Potted Plants

‘With the PATS-C system better insight into

insect populations’


In March 2021, Ammerlaan The Green Innovator in Pijnacker started using two PATS-C systems in two of its greenhouses. The monitoring of insects went so well that in June systems were also placed in the two other sections. 

In this commercial nursery, specialising in tropical green plants, both useful and harmful insects are found among the plants spread over 6.5 hectares. The damage is often difficult to see because the insects can act differently depending on the plant species. Thus, it can take some time before the presence of an unwanted insect is noticed. Insects should be monitored closely for a properly functioning IPM programme. Previously, scouting for insects involved dozens of sticky traps and light traps, which were checked and counted weekly. Cultivation manager Jan van der Arend compared these counts with the new data from PATS-C.

Preparing now for the future

“Intern Bas Krens, who studied the higher vocational HBO Horticultural Management programme, proposed using PATS-C to monitor the insect populations during an internship assignment,” said the cultivation manager. “We thought it was an interesting idea to see whether it would work for us. Especially because in the horticultural sector, the trend is to use less artificial crop protection, and we must halve the use of pesticides by 2030. We must not wait until the last minute, we need to prepare for the future.”

Reducing crop protection agents

PATS-C gives insight into the flying movements of various insects and indicates when they are going to fly. Certain species of insects will not fly while the sun is up, they wait until after sunset or even after midnight when it is really dark. Van der Arend added, “Our intention is to control the pests primarily through stricter hygienic measures, especially scouting out and disposing of weaker plants. And although we have focussed this year on doing more organically, it will still be necessary to make occasional corrections with chemical agents. That will involve trial and error.”


Data use for control plan

The data from PATS-C is examined by several people in the company and the crop protection advisor. “Within the company we use the data in consultation with the cultivation staff for the proper timing and correct action plan to control the pests following the recommendations we receive. We have decided to install the PATS-C system in all our sections to monitor the entire nursery. We have found that it works, and that was sufficient reason to expand the system in June,” according to the cultivation manager. 


Continued development by PATS of the systems, in terms of both hardware and software, is influenced by what they observe in practice, which is greatly appreciated by the cultivation manager.

Jan van der Arend - Cultivation Manager

Ammerlaan The Green Innovator

Read the Ammerlaan TGI testimonial in Dutch

Two days after Christmas we warned this tomato grower of an increase of Tomato looper activity. The next day they found nothing, but a week later they noticed a caterpillar infestation - in a spot where they did not expect it. Our contact wrote: "We have decided to act immediately against this pest. So your warning was certainly justified, thank you!"
“The monitoring of the Tomato looper moth in gerbera must be done at least once a week. In this way, timely action can be taken in case of (first) pest pressure. The PATS-C system is able to detect such moths earlier and with higher frequency than in conventional pheromone traps and UV-light traps."
“As soon as we saw the first Tomato looper this year using the data from the PATS-C system, we called a meeting with our crop protection advisor to plan our defence. The monitoring enabled us to start three weeks earlier, because we could clearly predict when the caterpillar phase would begin."

LKP Plants


LKP Plants in Moerkapelle is, with 8 hectares, one of the

largest and most modern Bromelia nurseries in the

Netherlands. The company is fully committed to auto-

mation and digitization, and has invested heavily in auto-

matic cultivation systems in recent years.


In addition, the company is undergoing major renovations

to make their greenhouses more sustainable. This

sustainability is also reflected in their long-standing

fully biological cultivation. Only natural enemies are

used against various pest insects, including tricky moths

and caterpillars that can cause a lot of damage.

At the end of 2021, LKP started using the PATS-C system in

one of their greenhouses. With this system, Marco Koolhaas,

co-owner, and Bas Krens, cultivation specialist, have auto-

mated and digitized the monitoring of moth pests.

Bas: "I walk through the crop daily and quickly notice

any deviations. But for the moth pest population

development, I now fully rely on the PATS-C system. We have also stopped inspecting the insect lamps, which were also difficult to inspect regularly due to our cultivation system."

Photo: PATS-C overlooking young Bromelias

Automated pest monitoring

So in terms of pest monitoring, LKP is fully committed to automation. Bas and Marco are highly satisfied with the PATS-C system and have demonstrated that the transition to a fully biological approach with natural enemies is paying off. This is a strategy that they will continue to follow as the range of available means becomes more limited. PATS-C is also a great addition to regular crop checks.

LKP's biological strategy consists of a standard "nematode recipe" which involves intensive use of two variants against thrips and moth pests. The nematodes are used at all LKP locations and are very effective in reducing the moth population. Chemical correction is only used in exceptional cases. In 2022, it was only necessary once to minimize the pest. Afterwards, LKP continued to control the pest with nematodes.







Graph: Pest development of moths at LKP Plants measured with PATS-C

The successful biological approach that LKP has been using for years is also reflected in the data generated by the digital pest monitoring. Although there was considerable pressure measured throughout 2022, the population was successfully minimized during the past winter period. As a result, the starting situation in March this year (2023) shows to be very positive. The pressure is even 6 times (!) lower than the pressure from the moths in the month of March last year. Therefore, a much slower and gentler pest development is expected this season.


After the upcoming renovation of one of the greenhouses, LKP will expand the automatic pest monitoring to the other greenhouses this summer. In addition, the company is interested in PATS' solutions that automate pest control as support for the biological approach.

Marco Koolhaas - Co-owner

LKP Plants Bromelia specialist

Read the LPK Plants user story in Dutch

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