For the first time, from this summer, mobile phones could become an anti-mosquito weapon, thanks to an app invented in Italy, in La Sapienza University of Rome.
ZanzaMapp (this is the name) is free and allows you to locate the mosquitoes, getting a map of the areas where they are concentrated. The data, collected by whoever sees mosquitoes around him, runs into an open platform accessible to the ones in charge of pest control.
Created by the researcher Cesare Bianchi, he was looking for a safe place from possible dangerous viruses vehicles mosquitoes for pregnant women, as Zika: “I realized – he said – how there is only little practical information on how to manage the presence of mosquitoes. I have therefore decided to capitalize on my experience on a project like ZanzaMapp, useful for the community, and totally no profit“.
The app was created in collaboration between the Department of Physics and Public Health and Infectious Diseases, with the startup GH. Enriched with data of local authorities, the app could become the first step to a first Italian bank data on the prevalence and location of mosquitoes.
Active on Android, iOS platform, Windows Phone, but also on PCs through the site, the app collects user reports, which are then crossed with scientific data. It will be also possible to take photos and send them to identify the species.