Com4 and Anticimex Smart takes out the city-rats

Now the rats are facing massive resistance in the sewers. Thanks to the “Internet of Things” city-centres can now be rid of rats. This by utilizing technology – not poison. The solution is so-called smart rat traps that are online thanks to mobile data-communication delivered by Com4. When rats enter the trap they are instantly killed by 6000 watts or by blunt spears, depending on if they are above or below ground.

About Anticimex Smart

To be able to fight the problem of rats and mice, there is a pressing need for new and efficient methods. The answer is Anticimex Smart – an intelligent solution for pest-control. Simply explained high-tech digital traps, sensors and cameras are used to control the rodents activity.

Anticimex have been the leader of pest-control in Sweden since 1934. During the last years they have developed new digital methods to control rat and mice populations.
These methods are the future of pest-control. In addition to being efficient they are also humane and environmentally friendly.

Erik Thomas Gjølme, product manager in Anticimex, says the industry have changed with increasing new requirements to pest-control without poison.

-More and more companies are environmentally certified and naturally wants to avoid using poison. This is also important to us in Anticimex. With smart rat-traps we have a far more efficient solution, both when it comes to pest-control and safeguarding the environment, he says.


Rats use the sewage pipes as roads, so it is teeming with life down there. As an example, in Copenhagen they have calculated that there are approximately four rats per hundred meter of sewage pipe. With the same population in Norwegian cities there is approximately 88 000 rats in Oslo’s sewage system. In Trondheim and Bergen there is probably 25 000 and 20 000 rats running around the sewers. When the conditions are right, a pair of rats can have between 800 and 1000 children during a year. To handle this increasing challenge Anticimex have a need to streamline the population-control, by utilizing advanced rat-traps that communicate.


Hi-tech rat-traps is about to outperform its traditional poison-based equivalents. The solution Anticimex delivers is produced by WiseCon. There are different types, where some is connected to power, while others are run off solar-cells or batteries. Rat-traps are equipped with SIM-cards from Com4 which enables transfer of data to a central, so that it is easy to see when they have to be emptied, if everything works, and how the battery-life is.

Erik Thomas Gjølme explains that there are mainly two types of traps being used. One for in the sewer, and one for use on the ground. The difference is that the first mentioned kills rats with blunt spears where the rats are instantaneously killed. The last with electricity. Both are just as efficient, but in their own way.

-In the sewer a sensor triggers blunt spears that instantly takes the life of every rat that comes its way. Rats are flushed away into the great void, and there is no need to empty the trap. On ground level the rats gets a massive jolt of electricity before they are transported to a container within the trap. When it is full a data-signal is sent by Com4’s mobile network to notify that the trap needs emptying, he finishes.

Data analysis and reports, together with fewer inspections increases efficiency. Digital monitoring can reduce the number of manual inspections with up to 75 percent. This gives both an environmental benefit and a competitive edge to Anticimex.

Com4 was chosen as communications-provider based on good prices, pre-activated SIM to ease rollout, simple and intuitive web-portal, plus a very competent environment with focus on M2M delivery. For increased security Anticimex is provided a closed APN.
The solution is so far in operation on many thousand locations.

Com4 focuses on a robust design, thorough testing in the approach to rollout of new solutions. Therefore, Com4 have established an advanced test-lab where everything can be stress-tested in different ways before new solutions is rolled out. This is a very efficient tool to minimize risk related to rollout of new solutions, and securing optimal QoS in operation.