A team of engineers and students from the University of Manitoba are doing their part to help fight the onslaught of mosquitoes in Winnipeg.
Bob McLeod, who teaches computer system modeling in the Faculty of Engineering, says a new app created for iPhone and Android can monitor the numbers of mosquitoes in our area, helping to identify problem spots in need attention. The app, called “M Tracker,” allows users to note how bad mosquitoes are in a specific neighbourhood and generate a map of Winnipeg from the results.
“We originally had been using software to generate contact patterns to model the spread of flu and flu-like symptoms in hospitals several years ago, and realized the same technology could be used to track mosquitoes,” says McLeod. His computer engineering students Chen Liu and Rory Jacob designed the app, which went live a few weeks ago.
“We’re starting to get enough data for meaningful results,” he says. So far, the realtime map of mosquito infestation shows hotspots in Waverley West, Sage Creek and Fort Garry.
The free app can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Store: