The cameras also tackle the other remote challenge – that of a network. This is required to alert the farmer of any alarms and enable a full remote monitoring solution. With no 'connected' network or wifi available, the cameras use 4G to do this. To maximize the available bandwidth, thermal technology plays an important part too. Since a thermal image needs a fraction of bandwidth to transmit, a typical application is to set up to monitor an area with the thermal sensor, only switching to the optical lens when an alert sounds. This means a farmer can check the alert with a more visual optical image, without the system streaming bandwidth-heavier optical images all the time.
Embedded with Deep Learning algorithm, the cameras can classify humans and vehicles accurately, dramatically reducing false alarms caused by wildlife or falling leaves, for example. The cameras are also equipped with a strobe light and audio alarm, which is designed to deter intruders even before they enter. The combined technology in the Kit comes in handy in other ways too. For example, thermal technology has a variety of purposes, including fire prevention and animal health monitoring.
Weatherproof and environmentally friendly
Protected to IP67 standard, the Hikvision Thermal Solar Kit can be used outside, since they can withstand rain and dust. The Kit is easy, and so cost-effective, to install, with a junction box to keep the few cables needed safe from vandalism and a bracket for simple pole mounting. The Kit has sustainable properties too; its low power consumption means that it can save 104 kWh per year, which equates to 17kg of CO2.
Farmers are increasingly turning to expensive technology to improve farm management and yields. This has led to the need to another kind of innovation – one to help protect this equipment and keep the farm running at optimum levels. The combination of solar power with both optical and thermal camera technology provides a sustainable monitoring solution, even in the middle of a remote field. So, farmers can keep an eye on their livestock and crops without having to carry out long patrol journeys around their farm.
Find out more about our Solar-powered Thermal Camera Kit.
 NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report 2021