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DSP Group ULE Solutions Enable Effective Rodent Control

May 31, 2016
Powering ball-b’s bait protection system, DSP Group's DHX91 ULE SoC delivers the benefits of ultra-low power and superb range coverage for rodent control

LOS ALTOS, Calif., May 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DSP Group®, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced today that ball-b, a company that offers solutions for rodent and pest control and management systems, has selected DSP Group's advanced ULE (Ultra Low Energy) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution for its smart-city rodent control products. Essentially,  ball-b is building an IoT-enabled rodent bait protection box and DSP Group’s chipset is powering the solution.

The DXH91 chip will power ball-b’s new and innovative line of products designed for bait protection systems. Within urban premises in Europe, traditional rodent bait and trap systems are required by law to be checked every two weeks in order to ensure the environmental aspects such as when applying poisoned bait in sewage systems and areas susceptible to flooding are being handled and monitored. The new solution allows the system to be managed remotely without opening the bait boxes, saving time, money and resources while preventing potential damage to the environment. The solution is using different sensors for motion and other parameters. ball-b utilizes the ULE technology to transfer the data from the sewer to a mobile handheld which will connect the bait protection boxes with the cloud. Instead of checking the content of the trap, rodents’ movement through the box are counted and analyzed. The accumulated data is being used to decide when new bait needs to be installed or different bait must be used.

The ball-b solution leverages key ULE attributes including high-fidelity, superior range, and ultra-low power consumption, which allow battery-operated devices such as the bait systems to work for years. DSP Group, a pioneer in this area, provides chipset solutions that leverage the company's extensive expertise in short range wireless communications and its comprehensive DECT and ULE product portfolio.

"You don’t typically associate sewers and rodent traps with high tech, but in this case, ball-b’s Cloud Service and Mobile App has gone beyond baiting and poisoning of rodents to actually monitoring both the levels of the bait that remain and the animal activity itself,” said Jochen Kilian, VP Core Technology and Business Development Manager Europe at DSP Group, “We are very excited that ball-b based its new smart city pest control solution on DSP Group’s DHX91 SoCs and ULE technology. We see it as a vote of confidence in ULE technology and its exceptional fit for smart city applications, including sensor data transmission, wireless voice and video over a single RF link. We are confident that the new system will drive many new and innovative IoT product concepts”.

“We examined various wireless technologies for the use, especially under the required tough conditions”, said Reto Manitz SVP communication at ball-b GmbH & Co KG, “The boxes will be placed up to 6 meters deep in a sewer closed by metal plates and ULE superb solutions still allow to receive the sensor data meters away from the manhole which enables read out data without interrupting the traffic or a risk for the workers. The ULE –based system do not only reduce cost, improve security and safety, but also helps protecting the environment at a large scale”, He concluded.

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About DSP Group

DSP Group®, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG) is a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications. Delivering semiconductor system solutions with software and hardware reference designs, DSP Group enables OEMs/ODMs, consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers and service providers to cost-effectively develop new revenue-generating products with fast time to market. At the forefront of semiconductor innovation and operational excellence for over two decades, DSP Group provides a broad portfolio of wireless chipsets integrating DECT/CAT-iq, ULE, Wi-Fi, PSTN, HDClear™, video and VoIP technologies. DSP Group enables converged voice, audio, video and data connectivity across diverse mobile, consumer and enterprise products – from mobile devices, connected multimedia screens, and home automation & security to cordless phones, VoIP systems, and home gateways. Leveraging industry-leading experience and expertise, DSP Group partners with CE manufacturers and service providers to shape the future of converged communications at home, office and on the go. For more information, visit


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