To solve the challenge, Sensorstream have developed a wide area sensor which can monitor large areas without costly infrastructure or expensive yearly monitoring costs. A multi sensor environment makes it hard for potential thieves to disable all the sensors. Their movement on and around the farm can be detected early allowing a local response to a threat, before it becomes theft or damage.
“When we heard about the Sensorstream sensors we were excited about the prospect of securing the farm. Previous solutions had been costly and often only a single use solution such as tracking a Quadbike,” Will explains.
Working with Burnside Farm Sensorstream were able to come up with a deployment plan to install a number of sensors around the estate which would capture movement. Both static sensors and mobile sensors were used to provide comprehensive coverage of the key access roads and paths as well as key farm machinery.
The Sensorstream alerting system provides instant movement notifications sent to a mobile phone app, as well as comprehensive reporting to show trends and graphs.
“We were impressed at the way the alerts can be customised to fit the working activities on the farm so that we don’t get unnecessary alerts. We know that when we get an alert it is worth taking action”, said Will.
The ease of installation of the sensors means they can be repositioned if a new area needs monitoring or a piece of machinery has be put into store for the winter. The sensor can be moved to where it is most needed.
When contractors are on site the sensors can also be used to provide movement and time information to make sure contractors are working in the areas required and also for the time agreed.
A secure monitored area can be created and alerts will be generated if anyone enters the area. This can be especially useful if there are a number of contractors working on the farm.
Gamekeepers can use the sensor information to help track the movement of animals or poachers on and around the farm.
Secure monitoring areas can be established to prevent unauthorised removal or tampering with oil storage tanks, water supplies, wind turbines, hay bales etc