Irish Examiner - Farming
Keep livestock secure by monitoring faraway fences on your phone
Luda.Farm, Swedish specialists in farm monitoring technology, have developed the Luda.Fence, which monitors electric fences around the clock.
Priced at around €199 (recommended retail price, excluding VAT), it monitors voltage level in the fence, and alerts the user by phone if the voltage goes below a set level, indicating that the fence needs attention.
The Luda.Fence can be connected at any point on an existing electric fence.
It can be powered for two months with a rechargeable battery, or it can be constantly supplied with 220 volts or 12 volts. Luda.Fence can be used everywhere where there is GSM phone coverage.
It has a built-in SIM card which always selects the mobile operator with the strongest signal, to allow the user check the fence status on their phone at any time, without having to physically visit the fence in the field.
With the optional Alarm+ version, the user receives an alarm message if the fence voltage drops, and a voltage graph to help determine the cause of the voltage drop (for example, vegetation or rain).
With Alarm+, the unit checks the fence voltage once every minute (if using a constant power supply) or once every 10 minutes (with battery power).
Without Alarm+, a voltage check of the fence is performed every 48 hours.
There is no monthly fee for checking the voltage.
If the unit does not report for 48 hours, or if the battery level becomes too low, the user will automatically receive a mobile phone notification.
The My.Luda.Farm app can be used to allow other people check the Luda.Fence.
It works with all existing fence brands on the market. Luda’s main product category is a compact mobile CCTV system for operators of any machine where vision from the cab is poor. For more details, see the www.luda.farm website.