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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Artificial Intelligence being used to study rodent data to tackle pest issues in Malls

  Abu Ays       Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SINGAPORE - A research laboratory and a pest control company will use artificial intelligence (AI) to study data from rodent sensors to better manage rodent problems in shopping malls.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Tuesday (July 10)between Singapore Management University (SMU) and Pestech Holding, beginning a two-year collaboration between an SMU research laboratory - LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform - and Pestech.

Under the MOU, Pestech will contribute its collected data of which shopping malls have rodent activity, and where the rodents are most active in the malls.

It has rodent sensors in more than 10 malls around Singapore. Pestech's infrared sensors are installed in the malls' ceilings above food and beverage tenants and shared common ceiling space between tenants to detect the rats' movements.

LiveLabs' artificial intelligence programming will analyse the data and provide more accurate details, such as identifying the different rodent species, the number of rodent clusters, and the unique behaviours of each species such as feeding and movement patterns.

"Instead of having to wait through the night to catch the rodents, they can use the algorithm and the data provided by our AI to predict the exact places and times that the rodents will likely be at," said a LiveLabs spokesman.

The data will provide hourly and daily trends of the rodents' locations and behavioural patterns, allowing LiveLabs to suggest the most appropriate pest control methods.



SINGAPORE, 10 July 2018 - Pestech Holding (S) Pte Ltd (‘Pestech’) and Singapore Management University (‘SMU’) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to apply artificial intelligence on rodent sensors data in order to establish rodent behavioural patterns and predict different territorial species within a shopping mall.

The two-year collaboration aims to create a safer and healthier living environment for all, and to support Singapore’s Smart Nation push.

The MOU was signed by Mr Tong Kien Seng, Founder of Pestech, and Associate Professor Rajesh Balan, Director of LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform at the School of Information Systems in SMU, on the sidelines of Clean Environ Summit Singapore 2018.

Under the MOU, both parties will develop and test artificial intelligence and analytics system using large real-time rodent sensor datasets from Pestech.

The Parties will research using new methods, algorithms and technologies to discover fresh insights from these large sensor datasets.

Mr Tong Kien Seng, Founder of Pestech said, “This collaboration with SMU is part of our overall strategy of utilising advanced technology to enhance our solution offerings. We aim to make our proprietary RodentEye and Pestech the best rodent surveillance system and the leading expert company respectively in solving any given rodent issue in Asia.

The end system capabilities should provide Pestech the ability of knowing the in-depth information of each rodent problem in a mall / building more completely, including proper cluster distribution, different territorial species and activities pattern.”

Associate Professor Rajesh Balan, Director of LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform said, “We are excited to take our experience in sensing and extracting actionable insights from human behaviour to help business outcomes into a brand new domain of rodent control! This partnership with Pestech presents an exciting opportunity to innovate in this space and achieve our goal of improving our environment and overall wellbeing.”

Pestech shall contribute its experience in the pest management business, as well as its expert knowledge and skills in the areas of IoT sensors, wireless data acquisition, web-based rodent activity Heatmap with sensor data analytics that serve the sector.

LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform will contribute its capabilities and resources in location-based solutions and data analytics.

Photo caption: The MOU was signed by Mr Tong Kien Seng (front row, right), Founder of Pestech, and Associate Professor Rajesh Balan (front row, left), Director of LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform at the School of Information Systems in SMU, on the sidelines of Clean Environ Summit Singapore 2018. Looking on were Dr Tan Guan Hong (back row, right), Technology Partner from Pestech, and Mr Francis Lim (back row, left), Business Relations Manager, LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform.

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