Use of the Remote Rodent Monitoring with Regard to Food Safety Regulations and Current Pest Control Practices


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Overview of the Bayer RMS for 3rd party auditors along with system technical specifications


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Bayer RMS FAQs

RODENT MONITORING SYSTEM (RMS) OVERVIEW

What is the Bayer RMS?
It is a sensor network designed to provide 24/7 monitoring of rodent activity. The RMS sends an immediate alert when a mouse is captured, enabling the service provider to rapidly respond, remove it and investigate the cause.

What parts make up the RMS?
The RMS is made up of a central Gateway and multiple Monitors. Each Monitor is composed of a Sensor and Probe retrofitted to a Multi-catch Trap. Individual Monitors are typically located indoors, along the walls and in other sensitive areas of a facility.

Are different configurations available?
Yes, there are two different configurations.
  • The Flexible Sensor Network (FSN) is a smaller system with a Gateway and up to 35 Sensors. This configuration can be moved from place to place and is appropriate for escalations and special situations (e.g., restricted access or hard to reach areas). Its size is also appropriate to test remote rodent monitoring technology prior to a larger, fixed ISN installation.
  • The Integrated Sensor Network (ISN) is a larger system with a Gateway and up to 300 Sensors. It is installed in a facility and remains at that facility for the life of the service agreement.
How do I purchase the RMS?
You can purchase a service subscription for the RMS. The service is billed to your company each month.

What is included with my subscription?
The subscription includes:
  • Use of the Gateway, Sensors and Probes
  • Software, installation app, platform access, provisioning and updates
  • Client and customer set-up, support, training and installation assistance
  • Real-time data and notifications (FSN and ISN), status and activity reporting (ISN only)
  • Cellular data communication charges
POWER AND CONNECTIVITY

What powersource does the RMS need?
  • The Sensor (part of the Monitor) is battery powered. Each battery lasts up to 4 years.
  • The Gateway needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet and have cellular signal. Our cellular signal is agnostic to carrier as it roams.
Does the RMS need WiFi or ethernet?
No, it does not utilize facility WiFi or ethernet. It is its own encrypted network.
  • The Sensors communicate with the Gateway within the facility via radio signal.
  • The Gateway communicates with the secure Bayer server, transmitting activity and daily status information.
PHYSICAL EQUIPMENT

Can I purchase the physical equipment (i.e., Gateway, Sensors) directly?
No, all equipment remains the property of Bayer. It is provided to you as part of the service. The equipment must be returned when your subscription ends.

What happens if I damage the equipment?
For the ISN, there is a 5% damage allowance on Sensors over the term of the service agreement. Damage >5% will be charged at $200 per Sensor, $2,000 per Gateway. There is no damage allowance for the FSN. Any damage will be charged at the above prices.

What kinds of traps can be used?
Multi-catch traps such as the TIN CAT® (Victor) or its equivalent from Catchmaster®, ProKetch®, JT Eaton or ULINE®.

What if I want to use a trap cover or protector?
Interior Rodent Trap covers can be used with an extension cable and can be ordered from Bayer.

What if I have a rat problem not a mouse problem?
Rat snap trap retrofits are available. Please contact us at 800-331-2867 for more information.

REPORTING

How do I know the RMS is working if I’m not catching mice?
Every day, every Sensor sends a “heartbeat message” informing of its status and battery level. This helps verify system status and readiness in the absence of a capture. If you are an ISN subscriber, you can view this information in your online customer portal.

What types of alerts and messages will I receive?
The RMS generates a variety of alerts and messages. The following alerts can be received via email or text message:
  • Capture messages: informs of time, date and location of a mouse capture
If you are an ISN subscriber, you have access to additional messages in your online customer portal. These types of messages are:
  • Move messages: shows time, date and location of a monitor that has moved
  • Hearbeat messages: shows daily messages sent from the Monitors informing of status and battery level
  • Probe disconnected messages: shows when the probe is removed from the sensor
  • Monitor disconnected messages: shows when a sensor has not provided its heartbeat message for 48 hours
Who receives these messages?
You can designate the personnel who will receive these messages. You can also control the types of alerts (email or text message) they receive. Adding or removing subscribers is easy.

What types of reporting are available?
Reporting features are only available to ISN subscribers. You can also elect to receive weekly summary reports.

MISCELLANEOUS

My facility can be dirty and damp. What is the RMS’s environmental certification?
The RMS has an IP54 rating. It is protected from limited dust ingress and water spray from any direction.

I’d like to try the RMS. Do you offer a trial offer?
Yes, we offer a trial program. To learn more or start your trial contact us at 800-331-2867.

Bayer RMS Auditor & QA Manager FAQs

How does the Bayer Rodent Monitoring System (RMS) compare to manual rodent monitoring?
The Bayer RMS helps pest management professionals (PMPs) and food handling facilities comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices, the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative’s benchmarked food safety standards. Automating rodent monitoring processes and implementing prevention-oriented maintenance plans can have a positive impact on food safety programs.

24/7 monitoring and automated rodent capture alerts provide PMPs and food handling facilities with real-time notification of unsafe conditions introduced by rodents, enabling timely corrective actions. Additionally, the system helps food processors accurately monitor and record rodent activity in facilities to prevent rodent-introduced food safety hazards.

In what conditions can the RMS operate?
The Rodent Sensor is rated to a dust and water resistance of IP54.a It will operate in temperatures ranging from -18C to +55C (detailed in the System Technical Specifications). It is appropriate for use in a wide range of conditions including cold storage rooms and semi-wet production areas.

The Gateway is able to receive RF messages in the sub-1GHz ISM bands from multiple monitors. It is based on a wireless communication technology that has both low power and long range capabilities; this allows the Rodent Sensors to be deployed in a wide variety of places (e.g., in buildings, outside) and maintain the ability to communicate with the Gateway.

Who sets up the RMS?
Bayer will provide support to the PMP or facility staff for platform set-up, installation and user training.

What will the Pest Control Service Provider do during weekly visits now that interior rodent stations do not need to be checked each week?
While checking every trap every time is no longer necessary, the RMS requires maintenance, testing and cleaning. The facility’s risk to food safety is evaluated in a detailed facility assessment which forms the basis of the System Maintenance Program. The System Maintenance Program recommends inspection frequencies (i.e., the number of monitors to be randomly checked and inspected on a monthly basis) in response to a risk-based model driven by the likelihood of pest activity, cleanliness of the area and severity of prior rodent contamination. This systematic approach is based on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program on file for the facility. The System Maintenance Program enables a more proactive approach to pest management, enhancing the overall IPM Program of the service provider.

What reports will be available for my customer visits and audits?
The system will generate an Area Event Report at every service interval, advising the service provider which monitors have had activity, which have been moved and may need to be repositioned or any other possible actions needed. The reports use up-to-date data to provide meaningful insights. These reports can be easily retrieved, expediting the process of regulatory compliance with regard to rodent control.

In addition, a Verification Report can be generated for an auditor, PMP or other interested party. This report allows interested parties to check the integrity of the communication system over a period of time, as well as trend reports of monitor activity and movement.

What happens when there is a capture?
The Bayer RMS provides an early warning of potential rodent activity. This allows the service provider or facility management to perform an area inspection, root cause analysis and document the actions taken in response to the alert, proactively enhancing food safety and compliance.

aIP = ingress protection; explanation of the letters is given in IEC 60529 (Ed. 2.1), clause 4.1





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