IoT rat bait dispenser

When food, water, and shelter are available, rat populations can increase quickly and cause expensive damage. Rats can be incredibly detrimental to farms and city environment. They are carriers of roughly 45 diseases and are capable of contaminating farm feed and water supplies helping to spread disease from contaminated to uncontaminated areas and from animal to animal. Checking baitstations is time consuming and expensive, but with NB-iot enabled bait stations the status is viewable every day via an online portal or via an app for Apple and Android, so you always know which bait station that are low on poison and when it’s time to make a visit.

The Bait station is manufactured from heavy duty PVC, the bait station is ideal for use both indoors and outside. The clear gravity feed tube provides an instant visual assessment of bait take. The tube provides the sheltered environment in which rodents, essentially shy creatures, prefer to feed. Narrow entrances at each end of the tube discourage non-target species such as birds from entering and prevent spillage from the tube.

The electronics placed in top of the bait station is battery driven and the battery last for at least 5 years. You will recieve reports twice a day with % of bait left and remaining battery power on the online portal. Reports and alarms are sent by email and SMS.

The device is communication either with LoRaWAN, SigFox or NB-iot. In Sweden, Denamrk and Norway Telia have enabled their NB-IoT Network with 96% country coverage.

LTE CAT-NB1 (NB-IOT)

NB-IoT is really the cellular networks answer to SigFox and LoRaWAN. It uses similar narrow-band radio technology (that is the NB in the name) and is designed to allow networks to easily add it on to their existing 4G LTE networks (at least that was the intention, real world stories seem to indicate that it is not this simple). It offers lower data rates than Cat-M1 and is really designed for simple, low power devices.
Some features of NB-IoT are:

  • Very low power consumption
  • Excellent range, including extended range into buildings and basements and under ground
  • Lower modem cost due to simplicity
  • Networks are introducing competitive data bundles
  • 2 way communication with devices
  • Small data messages typically at low data rates
  • Low cost communication
  • low power to allow for long battery life
  • 96% country coverage in Sweden..
  • low cost – to facilitate the deployment of many millions of them