There might not have been too much new (and available now) to record in the exhibition, but after having a look around there were numerous booths displaying digital monitoring and reporting systems 'in development'.
Just like the old adage about London buses – you wait for ages, none come, then suddenly several arrive all at once. This is exactly the case when it comes to this latest management device – and it fits perfectly with the mantra faced by the industry of having to do things ‘smarter’.
Although there are variations between the products, the principle remains the same – remote rodent/trap monitoring, followed by the collection and transmission of data to a variety of platforms for management analysis. The days of technicians spending vast quantities of their time simply bait box checking is soon to be a thing of the past.
It would be unfair to describe in depth the systems seen, as the developers were keen to point out that what was on display was very much a prototype system – but what was shown can’t be that far from the finished product. We will just have to sit tight and await the final launches – whenever that might be.
Shown below are a few we spotted. Also in develoment is a system called KritterSense from mouse trap experts, Kness.
The ServSensor under development by ServicePro should seamlessly mesh with their existing and extensive reporting systems
|Testing the water was Dimo Systems from The Netherlands with their Xignal system. The transmitter comes inbuilt into the trap.|
|The IOP (Internet of Pests) from Brandenberg offers intelligent pest monitoring of insects, such as roaches..||...and rodents via the placement of 'recording pads' that detail and then record pest behaviour|
Robots to take over?
If you really want to look into your crystal ball, the Mem Robotics stand showed where pest control might end up – performed by robots! On display were robots capable of performing mosquito, bird or security activities – some were even solar powered,