The High Tech Horse: 5 Benefits of a Remote Monitoring System
Advancements in low energy sensors, wireless connectivity and smart, internet enabled devices have opened a door to an all new world of animal monitoring, data collection and facility management.
Low energy smart sensors can be placed on the animal to monitor condition, certain vital signs, movement or signs of distress. Cameras and sensors can also be used to manage facilities such as barn door and window open/close status, feed and water levels and temperature.
Imagery and data are then collected and delivered wirelessly in real time or, in the case of distress, an alert can be sent to any internet enabled device.
5 Benefits of a remote monitoring system:
- Animal health and wellbeing. Systems enable monitoring of horse condition such as sweat, position/movement, pressure or heart rate and fitness from anywhere in the world. Certain signs of distress require immediate action. These signs, such as colic, can be identified and an alert sent wirelessly to a smart device.
- Safety and security. While monitoring your facility and your animals, video surveillance can also act as a deterrent to theft/break-ins. Alarms can also be triggered by events such as fire or severe weather.
- Facility management. These systems can lower costs by optimizing feed, water and energy consumption. There may also be opportunities to lower insurance costs.
- Customization. Modular systems allow for the technology to be customized and scaled to each facility and their unique needs.
- Data Analysis. By compiling a database or horse biometric information, a horse’s condition, say, before and after workouts, can be analyzed and training/fitness programmes can be optimized.
I hope this helps as an introduction to the world of opportunities available with today’s remote monitoring technology. I’ve implemented a system in my own facility based on the GesEQ technology. For more information, go to: http://www.geseq.com/
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