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How Rentokil innovates using APIs

Margi Murphy | May 27, 2015
Rentokil discusses IoT rat traps, cash-for-apps incentives and APIs.

A fairly new innovation that comes with APIs is the usage analysis packages that come with most as-as-service tools. Meadows says this is crucial for Agile mobile development. "We want to track employees for all the apps we build so we can analyse usage and make it better."

IoT rat traps and the dirty truth about hand sanitisers

Rentokil have acquired many local pest control firms the world over Flickr/Wildlife Wanderer

Rentokil have created connected traps to be more effective. After Europe ruled poison could not be left out until an infestation occurs, Rentokil turned to technology to overcome the obstacle. Now its devices are connected to sensors that will only release poison when a pest is in close proximity. Traps can detect the size of the animals, so squirrels will no longer be trapped, Meadows added.

In its hygiene services arm, it has created sensor technology to detect hand washing. It detects when someone enters the bathroom and whether they used the taps.

"We surveyed across hundreds of thousands of workers across Europe and found that about 60 percent of women wash their hands and 38 percent of men did. Now we can apply that to a food processing plant where you want to drive compliance."

Aggregated, anonymous handwashing data is reported back to workers in real-time via LCD hygiene compliance monitors. Seeing the data changes behaviour, the firm believes. This informal 'nudge' and increased peer pressure helps drive up hand washing rates dramatically. Handwashing rose 90 percent within two days of the data being displayed, before stabilising between 80 and 85 percent.

 

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