SINGAPORE: Pest control officers with local firm PestBusters are now equipped with body cameras and may soon get drones to help them in their work.
The firm, which launched its new Operations Command Centre on Wednesday (Feb 3), said the body cameras help supervisors to provide coaching and guidance to multiple officers remotely. Such coaching was previously done on a one-to-one basis.
PestBusters also plans to make use of drones to view live footage of hard-to-reach areas - such as roof gutters and bee hives - in the future. Drones also allow the pest control officers to administer chemical treatment without the need to climb ladders, the company said.
PestBusters staff demonstrating how a drone can be used to help in pest control operations. (Photo: Calvin Hui)
"Cost of business is going up, but if you are able to use technology to improve productivity, then that savings go right to the bottom line, to help the business be in a stable condition," said chairman and CEO of PestBusters Thomas Fernandez.
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, who was the Guest of Honour at the event, said businesses should continue to restructure amid the weak economic climate.
"My message to you is that, as we go through this period of uncertainty, don’t slow down the process of transformation," he said. "In fact, this uncertain time is the best time for you to speed up transformation, so that by the time the period of uncertainty is over, hopefully you are ready to compete by adopting a new business model."
Located along New Industrial Road in Hougang, PestBusters said its new Operations Command Centre was launched with the help of National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC) e2i's (Employment and Employability Institute) Inclusive Growth Programme.
Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i said: "SMEs are an integral part of our economy. We will continue to partner progressive SMEs to redesign jobs and tap on technology to transform, become more productive and thrive in a new manpower-lean landscape. At the end of the day, we want to build a strong Singaporean core and develop a higher skilled workforce."