By Staff Writer
In a move to join the connected world, Rentokil Initial, one of the largest business services companies in the world, has joined the bandwagon of Internet of Things (IoT). Rentokil Initial has teamed-up with Qlik, a visual analytics firm.
The cloud-based Qlik Sense platform will be used to provide visualisations of data from Rentokil’s IoT product rollout, which leverages connected digital devices to deliver new levels of proactive risk management against the threat of pest infestation – for instance, mapping weather patterns with rodent behavior or tracking swarms of insects as they cross territories
“Rentokil’s innovative use of the IoT to launch a new generation of services is reflective of the possibilities a connected world can bring. Key to the realisation of this potential is an ability to make sense of the increased level of data produced by IoT devices, and putting power in the hands of the employees and customers that need this information. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with Rentokil and helping the company extract further value and see the whole story within its data,” said Qlik’s UK&I MD and country manager, Simon Blunn.
IDC predicts that the worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $692.6 billion in 2015 to $1.46 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1%. The installed base of IoT endpoints will grow from 12.1 billion in 2015 to more than 30 billion in 2020.
So far, Rentokil has extended its range of connected rodent control products to over 20,000 digital devices, running in 12 countries globally and generating more than three million pieces of data. These IoT units can automatically alert technicians when a rodent is caught, while customers are kept informed through the myRentokil online portal.
“Qlik’s platform will enable Rentokil to gain a new depth of insight from its data and, crucially, empower our front line staff with the latest information and real-time trends, improving productivity. This level of data visualisation will be crucial as the company continues to digitise and extend its IoT services, heralding the future of pest control management,” said Rentokil Initial’s Paul Donegan, IT Director.