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Singapore Management University and Pestech sign MoU to apply Artificial Intelligence to Pest Management

Singapore Management University and Pestech sign MoU to apply Artificial Intelligence to Pest Management

Singapore Management University (SMU) recently announced
that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pestech Holding (S)
Pte Ltd (‘Pestech’) 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 the 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. Pestech will contribute its collected data of
rodent activity within malls, 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.

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.”

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," a LiveLabs spokesman is reported
to have said.

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.

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.”

LiveLabs has been developing a variety of
advanced, mobile-centric analytics and customer engagement technologies for
indoor public spaces, such as malls, convention centres and office campuses.
LiveLabs is a city-scale research test-bed, supported by the government, that
is focused on mobile computing technologies. It provides test-beds for
large-scale consumer behavioural trials and social experiments on real people
in real environments, with a special focus on urban lifestyle services for
indoor public spaces.

Thus, 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.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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