Operating at large and remote sites, many farms experience trespassing, crop theft, and other security risks. To protect its valuable CBD harvests against would-be thieves, one farm in France has implemented an advanced thermal-imaging and trespasser-alarm solution from Hikvision.
For farmers, security is important to protect valuable crops and livestock. This is particularly the case in rural and remote areas, where physically monitoring fields and enclosures 24 hours a day is difficult, or even impossible.
For these reasons, security is a major requirement at Weedling’s Finest CBD farm in Aspiran, France, which supplies raw material for the fast-growing cosmetic and therapeutic CBD industry. Although the flowers of CBD plants have no psychoactive effects whatsoever, they are often confused with other types of flowering cannabis plants that do, leading to frequent invasions of fields and theft of crops by would-be thieves.
To ensure that valuable CBD harvests – and the farm’s revenues – are protected, Siegfried Wendling, owner of Weedling’s Finest, needed to increase security in a large CBD field. Key requirements were to detect field invasions automatically, and to warn trespassers off before crops are damaged or stolen. Additionally, the farm owner wanted to be alerted about any trespassing via a mobile device, allowing him to respond quickly to prevent losses.
Another key requirement was long-range incident detection, as mains power was only available in one corner of the CBD field. Additionally, any security solution needed to function with very limited network coverage.
To protect its valuable crops, the CBD farm chose an advanced security system from Hikvision, which was installed by French security leader IP Mirador. The solution incorporates a Hikvision Thermal and Optical Bi-spectrum Network Speed Dome camera (DS-2TD4237-25), which is capable of detecting trespassers up to a distance of 200 meters. This is connected to a Hikvision AX PRO panel with a siren attached and coupled with a powerful LED light.
When trespassers enter the CBD field, the Hikvision camera detects their presence based on their body temperature, triggering an alarm in the AX PRO panel. The trespasser siren is activated immediately, and the LED light flashes to let perpetrators know they have been spotted. At the same time, an alert is sent to the farm owner via his mobile device, allowing him to respond immediately. As the farm owner lives very close to the CBD field, he can attend the site quickly to prevent the theft of crops.
In addition to thermal detection of intruders, the Hikvision camera provides clear detailed evidence of security incidents via the camera’s optical video stream. With high-resolution imaging capabilities and a strong zoom function, trespasser details are recorded, and the video footage is stored for later use.
In addition to these benefits, the Hikvision solution is very power efficient, and requires very low network bandwidth to transmit alarms to the farm owner. This makes the solution ideal for rural settings such as the CBD farm, with limited network coverage and power supplies.
Siegfried the farm owner, says, “In the past, trespassers had a feeling of immunity and often came to steal our crops openly, even in the middle of the day. Now, the Hikvision camera and light and sound alarms mean that people are far less likely to come onto the property and, when they do, we can respond immediately to prevent losses. By securing our valuable CBD plants, the Hikvision solution is helping us protect our business and our revenues, and to become more profitable.”
With the ability to detect intruders at long distances, trigger sound and light alarms, and alert the farm owner in real time, the Hikvision solution is a major deterrent for would-be thieves. It also provides peace of mind for the farm owner, who can be sure that his valuable crops are protected, using an effective deterrent.