Using iGEO’s interactive heat maps will contribute to increasing your control over any pest’s infestation level in your customers’ premises, as well as over its trend. This improvement is available on the three portals (office, technician, customer); thus, with a single click you will have access to a dynamic heat map, where you may analyse different time scenarios and parameters to improve your control over any targeted species.
Requirements to use heat maps
The only requirements to take into consideration in order to use heat maps are the following:
- Control points must be linked to a purpose.
- Heat maps may only be drawn on those points that have undergone inspections.
- Inspections’ work orders must be validated.
How to create heat maps in iGEO
Once the aforementioned requirements are met, in order to create a heat map, you will need to access the premises’ blueprint of a customer. Inside the blueprint, you will find a section called ‘heat map’.
After checking that box, the different options to generate the map will appear.
As shown in the image’s left part, you may combine these three types of filters:
- The last work order.
- A specific WO.
- A date range.
Last work order
When hovering over the orange information icon, a pop-up message will indicate the last work order’s number, date, and line of business.
You will need to select the work order on which the heat map will be generated.
The heat map will be created based on a specific date range.
Another filter to consider is the minimal activity level.
You must indicate the minimum activity level in the control points. Thus, only those whose activity is equal or above the level indicated on the bar will be displayed on the heat map.
For instance, if you filter results by minimal activity level, the blueprint will be drawn this way:
However, if a higher level is selected, the heap map will only display those control points whose activity is low, leaving aside those with a minimal degree.
In the filters’ right side, you will find the ‘purpose’ one, which is classified into ‘bait’, ‘capture’, and ‘both’. To see the difference between both options, the following example contains rodent capture points (whose purpose is ‘capture’) and a bait-box station (whose aim is ‘bait’).
The blueprint, without generating the heat map, would look like this:
If you want to obtain a heat maps with the control points whose purpose is ‘capture’ only, you will need to filter the results. For that matter, you must click on the upper part, so that only ‘rodent capture’ ones are displayed in combination with the ‘capture’ purpose ones.
Nonetheless, if you wish to create a heat map only containing control points of ‘bait’ type, you will have to adjust the filters, so that the blueprint displays only bait-bot stations and the purpose selected is ‘bait’.
In addition, right below the blueprint, you will find these two settings: adjust the heat map’s circumference radius, or opacity degree. The following two images contain instances of both filters.
Adjusting the circumference radius
In the first case, we will indicate a small circumference radius.
However, if we increase it, we get the following result:
Adjusting the opacity of the circumference
Furthermore, we have the chance to adjust the opacity of the circumference.
To obtain a mixed view of the location of control points on the blueprint and their incidence, we will select a low opacity.
On the other hand, in order to highlight the activity level on the blueprint, we will increase opacity.
Obviously, you will have the option to print heat maps in PDF format. In addition, the screen will always display a table with their activity so that all installed points, along with their location coordinates and their average activity levels, are available to you.
Thanks to these explanations, you will be able to customise heat maps depending on your needs. To know more about other great innovations in iGEO, please check our blog.