Surveillance Cameras For Agriculture Applications
Farmers are entrepreneurs. They work hard for their living and produce the food we all need to survive. Agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5 percent share, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Having the land to make that living is often in the seven-figure range and the risks that accompany the lifestyle pose unique dangers. It also requires many people to make it a reality. In 2015, 21 million full- and part-time jobs were related to the agriculture and food sectors—11.1 percent of total U.S. employment. That’s a lot of working people.
Fires, floods, crop and animal disease are just a few of the risks faced by farmers. Some are preventable, while others are not. Intruders, thieves, and untrustworthy employees shouldn’t add to the list of concerns felt by those in the business. Installing a surveillance camera on your farm can greatly reduce the risks you face as you strive to feed your family and the world.
- Watch for fires — Video surveillance provides “extra eyes” that can watch for threats to your crops and buildings such as fires and alert you when trouble is spotted
- Monitor daily operations — Surveillance cameras can assist in keeping an eye on daily operations such as milking, feeding and maintenance
- Theft deterrence — Placing cameras in areas such as barns, holding pens and grain elevators will prevent thieves from stealing animals, crops and equipment.
- Remote playback and monitoring — Using an IP-based surveillance system allows farmers to view their property remotely and digitally store footage
- Vandalism and tampering — While surveillance cameras provide a visible deterrent, there is still a risk that the equipment will be tampered with, resulting in signal loss. To help prevent this, consider vandal-proof cameras for high-risk areas.
- Weather — Inclement weather can pose a challenge to surveillance equipment that is not designed to handle low temperatures and changing weather conditions. Equipment with a rating of IP66 or higher is able to withstand the variables of an outdoor environment.