Growing Demand For Technology In The Pest Control Sector
There were over 1,500 pest control companies and professionals operating in the UK, providing a wide range of services. With an estimated annual market value of over £400 million. It’s considered a stable and growing sector. In recent years demand has increased thanks to factors like increased awareness of health and hygiene, stricter food safety regulations, and the expansion of the hospitality and food industries. The expansion in the pest control industry has led to the adoption of new innovative processes and technologies. Many pest control companies are adopting digital reporting and monitoring systems to enhance efficiency and transparency in their services. Once more, there has been a growing emphasis on environmentally friendly and humane pest control practices, with a focus on reducing the use of chemical pesticides. Following, we’ll delve into the reasons why rugged technology is an essential tool in pest control practices.
- Harsh Environments: Pest control professionals often work in challenging outdoor environments, including agricultural fields, industrial facilities, and remote areas. Rugged hardware is designed to withstand extreme exposure to the outdoor elements. Protective ports and hardwearing, industrial-style rugged casing and screen protector will protect the device from water and dust. Harsh temperature variations, and exposure to chemicals commonly used in pest control, could cause additional vulnerabilities. Fortunately, in recent technology, some enterprise-grade solutions are designed to function and operate regularly without any obstruction.
- Durability: Rugged devices are built to be tough and durable, reducing the risk of damage from accidental drops, impacts, or rough handling. This durability ensures that the hardware remains functional in demanding field conditions. The challenging environments, mean you should ensure your device has a hardwearing structured case and a number of hand straps to enable secure handling.
- Reliability: Pest control technicians rely on their equipment to accurately record data, communicate with clients and colleagues, and access critical information. Rugged hardware is known for its reliability, reducing the likelihood of equipment failures or downtime. Many devices are available with 4G/LTE which equips your device with real-time data transmission.
- Longevity: Rugged devices often have a longer lifespan compared to standard consumer-grade hardware. This means that pest control companies can make a more significant investment upfront and benefit from extended use without frequent replacements.
- Productivity: Pest control professionals use hardware for various tasks, including data collection, reporting, GPS navigation, and communication. Rugged hardware ensures that these tasks can be completed efficiently, even in challenging field conditions, improving overall productivity. Enterprise devices are often available with integrated or add-on accessories such as barcode scanning for data collection, and hot-swappable batteries for long-term usage without access to power outlets.
- Data Accuracy: Accurate data collection is crucial in pest control, whether it involves tracking pest infestations, recording treatment data, or managing inventory. Rugged devices are less prone to data entry errors and can maintain accuracy in adverse conditions.
- Remote Access: Rugged tablets and smartphones often come with connectivity options that allow pest control professionals to access databases, receive real-time updates, and collaborate with colleagues and clients from the field.
- Regulatory Compliance: The pest control industry may be subject to regulations and reporting requirements. Rugged hardware can assist in maintaining compliance by ensuring that data is recorded and stored accurately.
- Cost Savings: While rugged hardware may have a higher upfront cost compared to consumer-grade devices, it can lead to cost savings in the long run. Reduced equipment replacements and repairs can offset the initial investment. It’s unquestionable that your device will be exposed to damage, therefore it’s important to consider durability for a long-term investment.
- Customer Service: Rugged hardware can also enhance customer service by enabling technicians to provide real-time updates, photos, and reports to clients. This transparency can build trust and satisfaction.
In summary, rugged hardware is valuable in the pest control industry because it enhances durability, reliability, and productivity in the face of challenging field conditions. It allows pest control professionals to work efficiently, collect accurate data, and provide better service to their clients, ultimately contributing to the success of their operations.
Join us on the 8th of November 2023 at PestTech, located at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. MobileWorxs can assist you with hardware solutions for all your pest control operations.