The Wedge is designed to work with the E/Snapper Mouse and Rat traps.
Install the Wedges and traps in locations such as the attic, in the hot press, under kick - boards in the kitchen (in locations where they will not be accidentally tripped).
Place the LED Base Station (orange unit) on the kitchen worktop and instruct the householder to contact the Pest Control Company when the LEDs start flashing as this indicates that a rodent has tripped a trap.
In this installation there is no need for return visits to check the traps only to find empty traps. It often can be many days before a rodent trips a trap so the Pest Technician only has to visit when the householder calls.
If it is a holiday home and unoccupied most of the time then plug in a GSM Unit with a 2G Sim Card into the LED base Station so that a Pest Alert Text can be sent to the Pest Technician's phone or the text can be sent to the Traptec Website which will record the event with time and date and then send a Pest Alert E/mail to the Pest Control Company.
You now need to program the GSM Unit to tell it where to send the Pest Alert to.
To do this send the following Command Text to the Sim Card number in the GSM Unit :
REPORT PHONE XXXXXXXXXXXX Press Send (X. = The Pest Technician's phone number)
REPORT PHONE YYYYYYYYYYY Press Send (Y = The Traptec Website phone number)
The only programming required to set up a Traptec system is to send one Text.
The Traptec Website numbers are
The UK 0044 7860034044
Germany. 0049 1771784383
The Pest Control Company can set up a Password Protected Dashboard for each of their Traptec installations to keep a permanent record of Pest Alerts, System Resets, etc
This service is free from Traptec.
For example in a 3 storey building, install an ID Base Station (blue unit) that can monitor the ID numbers of up to 100 Wedges on the first floor as close to the middle of the building as possible.
When a Wedge signal is detected its ID number is recorded and when the Pest Technician powers down the Base Station and powers it up again it will display the ID numbers of the Wedges that have tripped.
The Wedge is designed to work with traps in locations where people cannot create false alarms, such as above suspended ceilings, loft areas, It cable trays, attics etc.
For other locations where there is staff the Traptec Smarttrap Mouse Boxes (with the Mini Wedge built into the base) or the Killgerm Speedbreak Mini Wedge combination, both of these units are very tolerant to knocks and bangs from cleaners etc (for example the Smarttrap Mouse Box will only transmit the Wedge ID signal when the trap is tripped).
In a commercial installation a GSM Unit with a 2G Sim Card would be plugged into the Base Station.
The installation is quick and simple to install and requires only one Technician to be on site.
Each Base Station has a buzzer that sounds for 2 seconds when a Wedge signal is detected, and the GSM Unit has a built in microphone.
After the Base Station and GSM Unit are powered up, the Wedges and traps can now be put in place.
Step 1. Go to the location where a wedge and trap is required, phone the Sim Card number on your mobile phone, you will hear a bleep every 5 seconds this proves that you have dialled the right number. The microphone in the GSM Unit will now be switched on.
Step 2. Place the Wedge on the floor, press the button and release it to trip the Wedge,when the signal arrives at the Base Station you will hear the buzzer sound on your mobile phone. This means that this Wedge is within radio range of the Base Station.
Step 3. Set the trap and place it on the Wedge (ensure that the orange button is depressed).
Step 4. Go to the next location and repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 above.
Without this buzzer/microphone (patented) feature the installation would take much longer and would require a lot of walking back and forth between the 3 floors.
Note. : No Pest Alert Texts are sent when the Technician has dialled into the GSM Unit, and is installing the Wedges and traps. The microphone function is disabled after the GSM unit is powered up for 3 hours.
In a long 3 storey building some of the Wedges may be out of radio range of the ID Base Station so the installation of 2 or more LED Base Stations installed on the first floor on both sides of the ID Base Station may be necessary.
The LED Base Stations are now working as repeaters and will automatically set up a network to extend the radio range of the system.
The radio range between a Wedge and a Base Station and between Base Stations in a network is 50 to 60 meters.
If the Base Stations are within radio range of each other (and have the same system code) they will automatically set up a network.
When an LED Base Station joins a network the LED on the right side of the Base Station will switch on steady, the top LED on the ID Base Station will switch on steady when it joins a network.
Every Base Station has a unique (factory programmed) address and transmits its address around the network every 20 seconds so each Base Station learns the addresses of all the other Base Stations in the network.
When a trap on a Wedge is tripped it transmits its ID number and it is passed around the network so the ID Base Station can record the Wedge ID number. Then the LEDs on the Base Stations will start flashing to indicate that new Wedge signals have been detected.
The GSM Unit would normally be plugged into the ID Base Station.
In a network installation the GSM Unit can be plugged into any of the Base Stations.
If one or more Base Stations (not the one with the GSM Unit) leaves the network, for example is powered down and if it dos not return to the network within one hour a SYSTEM HEARTBEAT MISSING Text will be sent
In a 6 storey building Base Stations are only required on the 1st floor and on the 5th floor.
The Base Station on the 1st floor will receive Wedge signals from the ground floor, from the 1st floor and from the 3rd floor.
The Base Station on 5th floor will receive Wedge signals from the 4th floor, from the 5th floor and from the 6th floor.
In a large building where more than 100 Wedges are required then a second system will be necessary. This second system will need an ID Base with a GSM Unit with a 2G Sim Card and perhaps some LED Base Stations.
All the Base Stations and the Wedges must have the same system code. The system code in the second system must be a different system code than that used in the first system, This is necessary to avoid Wedges from the first system activating the Base Stations of the second system and vice-versa.
The building is now divided into two zones, because there are two GSM units with two Sim Cards with two different Sim numbers. When a Pest Alert arrives the Technician will know which zone in the building to go to. He can then remove the rodent and reset the Wedge /trap and Base Stations without having to check all the traps, with the minimum of time required on site.
Note. : If required a Base Station (with the same system code) can be added to a network and it will will automatically join the network. However, if a Base Station is removed from the network all the other Base Stations must be powered down and powered up again to create a new network. ( This is necessary because the remaining Base Stations in the network are now missing the address of the removed Base Station so the old network cannot be set up again )
When the GSM Unit is first powered up the bottom registration LED will flash rapidly when it is registered on the GSM Mobile Cell network.This LED will flash every 3 seconds.
The signal strength is the top LED. If it is flashing the signal strength is OK and when it is on steady the signal is the strongest.
In the 6 storey building, installation of the GSM Unit should be in the Base Station of the 5th floor because the signal strength will be better the higher you go.
We have found that Traptec installations in warehouses are the most challenging primarily because there are few mains sockets and they tend to be on the perimeter walls, also the environment is constantly changing with pallets of products been placed on and removed from racking.
The way to have a stable network in a warehouse is the careful consideration of where the Base Stations are fitted.
First they must be fitted at least 4 metres or more above the ground. If possible every Base Station should be in line of sight (able to see) one other Base Station in the network.
Be careful not to fit a Base Station in a place where tomorrow or next week pallets of goods can be stacked up in front of it which may deflect the radio signal and cause the network to collapse.
Always try to install Base Stations a few metres away from other electrical equipment to avoid the possibility of electrical interference that could disrupt the radio signals.
Also be aware that at night or at weekends metal roller shutter doors may be closed and this can interrupt the network.
In a large warehouse it may be necessary to run some extension leads to have mains power available towards the middle of the warehouse.
For example if a Base Station is fitted on a perimeter wall 50% of the radio range is lost outside the building (unless there are Mini Wedges in external ret boxes ) so moving them if possible away from perimeter walls into the building will give the best results, and a smaller number of LED Base Stations will be required.
There are two types of HEARTBEAT Texts
Each GSM Unit is factory programmed to send a HEARTBEAT Text every 7 days.
By sending a Text to the Sim Card number the GSM Unit can be programmed to send a HEARTBEAT Text every day between 1 and 7 days
For example if you want a HEARTBEAT Text sent every 48 hours send this Text
HEARTBEAT 2 Press Send ( The reply will be HEARTBEAT FREQUENCY SET AT 2 )
In an installation with one Base Station and one GSM Unit, if the Base Station is powered down and the HEARTBEAT Text does not arrive at the Traptec Website at the expected time a HEARTBEAT MISSING E/mail will be sent to the Pest Control Company.
When the Base Station is powered up again a SYSTEM RESET Text will be sent and the HEARTBEAT TIME starts from then.
If a Base Station in a network (not the Base Station with the GSM unit) is powered down and does not rejoin the network within one hour a SYSTEM HEARTBEAT MISSING Text will be sent and a SYSTEM HEARTBEAT MISSING E/mail will be sent to the Pest Control company.
When all the Base Stations are returned to the network a SYSTEM HEARTBEAT RESTORED E/mail will arrive.
If you have forgotten the REPORT PHONE number send this Command to the Sim Card number. SEND REPORT PHONE Press Send.
If the reply is REPORT PHONE XXXXXXXXXXXXX PROGRAMMED this tells you three things :
A. If the REPORT PHONE number is correct that's fine
B. That the Base Station with the GSM Unit is powered up.
C If the Sim Card is a top up Card it has credit.
If there is no reply then the problem can be either
B. The Base Station is powered down
C. The Sim Card has no credit
If there is no reply you can dial into the Sim Card and if you can hear the ringing tones from the GSM Unit, then the Base Station with the GSM Unit is powered up so the most likely reason is no credit on the Sim Card. ( The reason that Mobile Cell network will let you ring into the GSM Unit is because the bill is been paid at your end of the call )
If you have any other technical questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone. 00353 87 1175659