Certis fights mozzies with AI

Mozzies, beware! With dengue fever prevalent in Singapore, Certis is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle the mosquito problem. More specifically, the solution aims to deal with mosquito-borne diseases.

Singapore had about 16,000 dengue cases last year. In just the first five months this year, the number has already surpassed 8,000, making it likely that the 2020 figure will be more than 2019.

Certis has launched its new AI-enabled Platform as a Service (PaaS), to help governments in Singapore and around the world become more agile and effective in fighting mosquito-borne diseases.

Scalable and secured, the PaaS provides enhanced operational insights, giving users real-time situational awareness through the application of AI and smart data analytics.

Data insights from open sources such as reported mosquito-borne disease cases, vegetation coverage and weather can help generate patterns and forecasts on mosquito hotspots through the PaaS.

As a result, authorities can now proactively identify potential mosquito hotspots and focus on managing these critical areas first. At the same time, through the optimisation of manpower deployment, the PaaS is expected to achieve higher efficiency and up to 15 percent productivity gain.

Identifyinng gender and species
Additionally, the AI capability within the PaaS provides insights on the gender and species within 40 milliseconds from a single image of an adult mosquito, which translates to 1,000 images processed in 40 seconds — with proven accuracy rate of 97 percent in identifying gender, and 98 percent for species.

Powered by Mozart Cloud, the PaaS lets users access the system through multiple platforms, anytime, anywhere. Large-scale critical and complex operations involving multiple processes, systems and responses can be seamlessly orchestrated for advanced situational awareness.

“The new PaaS exemplifies Certis’ holistic approach of applied intelligence, where we infuse technology into our operations to achieve desired business outcomes. In this instance, we have built a critical infrastructure that can help governments around the world become more effective in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases,” said Fuji Foo, Chief Digital Officer of Certis.

Data collection of mosquitoes is via the Certis Secure app, which enhances the user experience and makes the operation more agile. Only a picture taken from a mobile device is enough to generate the required information of a mosquito. Data collected from the app will be integrated into the PaaS to further aid in the development of species, ecology, behavioural, and geographical distribution of the mosquitoes.

Certis is the National Environment Agency’s service provider in the fight against mosquitoes and dengue in Singapore. It supports the agency in the deployment and maintenance of Gravitraps under the island-wide mosquito surveillance programme, as well as ensure accurate data collection.

From June 1, Certis will be conducting a pilot trial of the AI-enabled mosquito identification solution to further improve the accuracy of mosquito identification.

It is also exploring partnerships with overseas authorities on rolling out the PaaS to help them combat mosquito-borne diseases.