A difficult task for any warehouse or similar business, is having to keep a handle on any breach by rodents running around that can create a risk of contamination. Mousetraps are obviously the most common approach to getting rid of these little critters, but they can be a major time killer when it comes to keeping tabs on the status of each one throughout a building. It’s either going to bog down internal employees tasked with these responsibilities, or cost a company a fortune in man hours in subcontracting others (pest control companies).
A division of the German company Bayer, known as Crop Science, has developed a new solution by integrating connected smart sensors into a companies traps that are already in use. The new sensors allow companies (either internal or external) to actively track the current status of every trap in the building.
The new system is called Rodent Monitoring System (RMS), and it monitors every trap throughout the day, providing live analytics to technicians/users. These analytics will keep them current with trap status, periods of inactivity, battery status and more. It will even provide information such as the time an individual trap went off, letting users know not just where they are having problems, but when, in case a pattern is present.
“Our work at the Environmental Science business unit involves controlling malaria, Zika, dengue – and rodents – to serve society. It’s all about fostering healthy environments where we work, where we live and where we play.” — Dr. Mathias Kremer, Bayer Crop Science executive committee member
The system can also notify users via email or text instantly, the moment one of the traps are triggered, allowing staff to respond immediatly. This can significantly impact any infestation investigation, allowing them to know every detail as it is happening, so that solutions can be rolled out as soon as possible vs later.
Crop Science’s system makes use of Microsoft’s Azure service, and plans on rolling things out further in the near future using Azure’s AI features to allow for predictive features that can help prevent infestations before they even occur.
Images courtesy of Bayer.