Hikvision worked with farm management solutions provider SKOV to bring the art of weighing pigs into the 21st Century, with the help of mini-dome cameras and a bespoke VMS system. The pig is one of the most populous large mammals in the world, with an estimated 986.6 million pigs at any one time. This also means, of course, that piggeries are big business, as pork is the most commonly meat consumed worldwide. Part of managing a piggery is to ensure that each pig is able to grow to its full potential. Traditional and time-consuming methods to weigh pigs Traditional methods saw farmers installing weighing apparatus, which was costly, and also time-consuming with handlers needing to ‘persuade’ individual pigs onto the scales The average weight of a pig at market is 275 lbs, but keeping an eye on the weight of individual animals can be tricky. If a pig is smaller than it pen-mates, it is likely to be pushed away when it comes to feeding time. This means it will not grow to its full size. In this situation, pig farmers may move the smaller pigs into a separate pen, so they can get to the food and ‘catch up’ with their larger brothers and sisters. But how do you weigh a pig? Traditional methods involved a tape measure and many hands and were, of course, very time-consuming to complete. And that was without the maths part at the end! Later methods saw farmers installing weighing apparatus, which was costly, and also time-consuming with handlers needing to ‘persuade’ individual pigs onto the scales. Another issue with this system was that accuracy could be affected, as it was hard to tell if the scales had just one pig on them. Monitoring the growth of pigs “The pig handlers need to drag the pigs physically to the scales, which is not only very hard, time-consuming work, but also stresses the pig out”, said Kasper Rønn Christensen, Strategic Purchaser at SKOV. “Stressed pigs don’t eat, which also affects their growth rate.” Enter a whole new innovative solution, using Hikvision cameras and a specially designed SKOV VMS. After testing various cameras, SKOV approached Hikvision because of the competitive price and clear, reliable pictures even at only 2MP resolution. That, combined with the ability to build a firmware specifically for their needs, persuaded SKOV to work with Hikvision. Between four and eight 2-line mini-dome cameras (DS-2CD2142FWD-I (4mm)) are placed in the pigpens, to allow handlers to see what’s going on and to monitor the growth progress of the pigs. These specific cameras were chosen because of the low amount of spare space in a pigpen and the importance of an affordable solution. Affordable VMS solution to calculate pigs’ weight SKOV is offering the solution to all regions with piggeries, including in Thailand, where they have a subsidiary “We were looking for a solution that could be used by piggeries all over the world,” says Kasper Rønn Christensen. “That meant we needed to make it simple, practical and affordable. The fact that, even at a relatively low resolution of 2MP, clear actionable pictures were consistently available made these cameras a smart choice.” Connection to the SKOV VMS means that the pigs’ weights can be calculated and so monitored. The VMS also gives alarms if a pig doesn’t follow the required growth rate, so steps can be taken. The success of the project in Denmark means it can be replicated all over the world to help piggeries to manage their pigs and make sure they maximise their potential. SKOV is offering the solution to all regions with piggeries, including in Thailand, where they have a subsidiary. Surveillance cameras for smart farming “The cameras are integrated and working as expected, so we can look to the future,” says Kasper Rønn Christensen. “We are really impressed with the way Hikvision adapted their firmware to our needs. I also love the innovative approach - who would have thought that a technology that was designed to help spot intruders could be used to ensure pigs grew to the correct weight!” Peter Guan, Channel and Marketing Director, said: “We are heading to a future where traditional farming is digitalised into smart farming, where surveillance cameras are not only used for crime prevention at the farms, but also as useful tools for farmers. Hikvision’s ecosystem partner program allows easy software and hardware integration so that end users can benefit from an innovative and more powerful complete solution.”
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has created the next level of night surveillance with the latest upgrade of its Darkfighter technology – the DarkfighterX series. The technology can provide colourful, sharp images right down to the lowest light levels – in fact to 0.001 lux. Taking inspiration from the human eye This series takes colour to the max by taking inspiration from the way the human eye works. Eyes use different cells to collect colour and brightness information, which the brain then merges. The DarkfighterX cameras take information from an IR sensor (for brightness) and information from a visible light sensor (for colour) and combines them to provide the best of both worlds – one bright full-colour image. Traditional cameras could either provide bright images that were blurry, or images in monochrome. The new technology seamlessly melds the two, so neither will be an issue for image quality again. The cutting-edge of security technology “It’s a fact that 70% of crimes happen at night, but with DarkfighterX, that’s no problem”, says Peter Guan, Hikvision’s Channel Sales Director. “Faces are sharper and easier to recognise and the surroundings much clearer to see, even in the lowest light. All of this makes images much more valuable for evidence collecting and case solving.” The DarkfighterX series includes a PTZ and bullet camera. Both come with optical defog, 25X optical zoom, 2MP resolution and smart detection. They also boast the new H.265+ codec and are weatherproof to IP66 standard. They are at the cutting-edge of security technology and are particularly useful in applications that require 24h full-colour images, such as cities; streets, squares and parks, outdoors; rivers and forests, and transportation; railways and ports.
Hikvision, the worldwide leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, together with Observit AB, the industry-leading provider of open mobile video management system, have announced strategic cooperation to integrate their products to have full support for Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP cameras and allow Observit’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras. The integration enables end users to manage tens of thousands of vehicles in the fleet with a noticeable improvement in their balance sheets. First to be included in the integration Cameras from Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP camera range are the first to be included in the integration. The cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilisation, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. These stunning features boast intelligent and reliable performance for mobile video surveillance. HEOP programme Based on Hikvision’s HEOP (Hikvision Embedded Open Platform) program, Observit’s Mobile Video Management System, Observit BOT, is allowed to be installed on Hikvision 4 series Smart IP cameras. Being reliable, available and serviceable, the Observit BOT supports remote operation at any time without waiting for the vehicle to arrive to the depot or station. Recordings are uploaded from the bus during operation to a central video storage, for later analysis. Besides, the system is easy to integrate with on-board applications such as alcohol interlock, Panic button and Eco driving to achieve immediate real-time information if any critical events happen on the vehicles. Observit, CEO comments “The strategic cooperation between Hikvision and Observit allows Observit to expand its reach to a very significant share of the global mobile surveillance market, strengthening Observit’s position as the Industry-leading provider of open mobile video management system in public transportation,” said Lars Flodén, CEO of Observit. “Hikvision users will benefit from the integrated solution which offers them the most comprehensive and reliable video management solutions on the market. Allow customers improved image processing capability Peter Guan, General Manager for Western and Northern Europe at Hikvision, comments: “Hikvision 4 series Smart IP cameras allow customers improved image processing capability. The Smart Codec function the cameras excel is particularly useful in mobile environment. As well, Observit BOT provides a reliable platform to manage the surveillance system anytime anywhere. Together, we believe the combined solution will definitely accelerate the security market in the public transportation sector.”
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