Farm CCTV FAQ

Lambing Cameras – Farm CCTV Systems – Calving Cameras

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Farm CCTV Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you install a CCTV camera in a remote lambing shed?

    Yes. As long as there is a power supply (240v single phase) we can instal 1 or a number of camera in remote locations. These cameras can then be linked back to your home or farm office using wireless bridges which can be up to 10 km away if you have line of sight. If there is no line of sight we can install a 4G router and send the images via the mobile phone network.

  • How much is a farm CCTV system to install?

    The cost of a Farm CCTV installation varies dramatically on the type and number of cameras the type of recorder and the technology used ie IP or Coax.

    In addition, the type of building and the complexity of the system design plays a big part in the cost.

    For this reason, we carry out a site survey before any quotation is issued.

  • Are your cameras Farm proof?

    All of the cameras and junction boxes we use are IP65 rated which mean they are designed for external use. All equipment with the exception of the record is installed inside waterproof boxes which we mount to be out of reach of intruders and livestock. The cable we use to connect the cameras to the powers supplies is all exterior grade cable.

  • What is a lambing camera?

    Lambing cameras are designed to give you 24/7 coverage of your lambs direct to your mobile phone, TV or computer, ensuring you can monitor their well being from the comfort of your home or elsewhere on the farm. You are also able to give access to your team or family so you are able to continue with running your business.

  • What is a calving camera?

    Calving cameras are designed to give you coverage of your lambs Day and Nightdirect to your mobile phone, TV or computer, ensuring you can monitor their well being from the comfort of your home or elsewhere on the farm. You are also able to give access to your team or family so you are able to continue with running your business.

  • What is the best CCTV system for a farm?

    Hikvision

  • Do we need internet for the cameras to work?

    You dont need internet for the cameras to operate but if you want to view the images on your phone then you will require an internet connection. We can provide 4G routers to provide connectivity where you don't have internet installed.

  • Are the cameras waterproof?

    Yes - IP65

     

    We also ensure all connection, junction boxes and power supplies are waterproof and secure to ensure your CCTV system services the rigours of farm life.

  • How long can the cameras record?

    Its dependant on the size of the hard drive we install, the number of cameras and the quality of the images recorded.

    We will discuss this in detail when we carry out your site visit.

  • How many cameras can I have on one system?

    If you want just one camera that's fine or we can install up to 64 cameras across multiple location all linked back your farm office.

  • Can I access the images on my phone?

    Yes.

    The images can be shared across multiple phones* and tablets.

    As part of the installation, we also set up your mobile phone and show you how to use it.

    *The phone must be a smart phone and compatible with the APP.

     

  • What happens if our internet is poor, will the CCTV work?

    You don't need internet for the cameras to operate but if you want to view the images on your phone then you will require an internet connection. We can provide 4G (4G coverage is required) routers to provide connectivity where you don't have internet installed.

  • Do you carry out a site survey?

    Before we provide a quotation for farm CCTV we always carry out a site survey. We believe it is vital to understand your requirements and the layout of the farm to be able to provide you with the best advice regarding CCTV installation. There are many factors that affect the installation and the type of equipment we would recomend.

General CCTV FAQ

  • How much does CCTV cost to install?

    The cost of a CCTV installation varies dramatically on the type and number of cameras the type of recorder and the technology used ie IP or Coax.

    In addition, the type of building and the complexity of the system design plays a big part in the cost.

    For this reason, we carry out a site survey before any quotation is issued.

  • How much does CCTV cost to install?

    The cost of a CCTV installation varies dramatically on the type and number of cameras the type of recorder and the technology used ie IP or Coax.

    In addition, the type of building and the complexity of the system design plays a big part in the cost.

    For this reason, we carry out a site survey before any quotation is issued.

  • What is IP CCTV?

    IP CCTV is a system which uses CAT5e computer network cable to connect the camera to the recorder

  • What is IP CCTV?

    IP CCTV is a system which uses CAT5e computer network cable to connect the camera to the recorder

  • What is Analogue CCTV?

    Analogue CCTV uses coax cables to connect the cameras to the recorders

  • Which is better IP CCTV or Analogue CCTV?

    Both systems can be used for Home, Commercial and Farm environments if the cameras are connected directly to the recorder or DVR.

    However if you you need to install cameras in remote lactations then an IP system is more suitable as the offer more flexibility as computer networks and wireless can be used.

  • What is a DVR?

    Hikvision NVRA DVR or Digital Video Recorder is the recording device used for an analogue CCTV system. It contains a hard drive and is connected to the internet via an ethernet cable connected to your router.

    Some DVRs also provide power for the CCTV cameras

  • What is a NVR?

    Hikvision NVRA NVR or Network Video Recorder is a recording device that is used for IP (Digital) CCTV systems. The NVR contains a hard drive that is used to store the images. Some NVRs also power and control the camera directly.

    It is connected to the camera using Ethernet cables and can be situated anywhere on the computer network or as a stand-alone recorder. NVR security camera systems incorporate the newest technology to provide an enhanced, feature-rich security system. Also known as POE security camera systems, NVR based systems are more flexible and complex than DVR systems.

  • Do I need an internet connection?

    Yes and No. If the CCTV system is to be monitored locally or is just going to monitor and area for viewing locally at a later date then no internet connection is required. 

    If you want to monito the images on a phone, tablet or PC then and internet connection is required

  • What size of hard drive do I need

    The hard drive size is base on a number of factors such number of camera, duration of historical recording, recording quality, etc. When designing a system for you we will make recommendations to the size of hard drive you require.

  • Do CCTV cameras work at night?

    All CCTV camera work at night how ever the image quality and distance you can see at night is affected by a number of factors including the camera model. When designing CCTV system we will make recommendations based on your requirements.

  • Do my out side lights need to be on permanently for the camera to work at night?

    Lighting only needs to be on only if it acts as a deterrent in itself. Energy efficient LED lighting significantly reduces the cost of permanently illuminating dark areas.
    External lighting needs to avoid creating a nuisance to neighbouring properties. As an alternative to permanent lighting a CCTV monitored area, lights can be controlled by movement sensors. However, such a control system needs to respond quickly to catch fast action.

  • What is CAT5e cable?

    Category 5 cable (Cat 5) is a twisted pair cable for computer networks and is also used to carry other signals such as telephone and CCTV images.

    This cable is commonly connected using punch-down blocks and modular connectors. Most Category 5 cables are unshielded.

  • I have a remote building can I install a CCTV camera?

    Yes.

    We have two options.

    1 - install a wireless bridge to another location where an internet link already exists. This can be up to 10 km if line of site exists.

    2 - Or we can install a 4G modem that uses the mobile phone network. This does incur additional monthly data charges, but is the ideal solution where a line of sight link cant be installed.

  • What is a PTZ camera?

    PTZ camera for farmsA PTZ camera is a moveable camera, that can be either programmed to complete set motion coving a wide area or controlled by the user on a PC or app. The PTZ camera has either x15 or x25 zoom, giving you the ability to zoom in on livestock in distress or intruders.

    Day & Night vision - 2MP, 4MP 7 8MP - 15 & 25 x Optical zoom - 100m IR Range

  • What is a Bullet camera?

    Hikvision 4mp Bullet Camera

    Day & Night vision

    Up to 8MP 

    up to 60m night vision

  • What is a dome camera?

    Hikvision Dome camera with vandal cover

    Day & Night vision

    Up to 8MP

    up to 30m night vision

  • What is a turret camera

    Day & Night vision

    Up to 8MP

    up to 30m night vision

Home CCTV FAQ

  • How much does a home CCTV system cost

    Answer

  • Are WiFi cameras any good?

    Answer

  • How many cameras does a 4 bedroom detached house need?

    Genreally we would recoment 4 camera for a 4 bedroom detached house

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