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New security equipment for the farm is now more widely available and can also be much more affordable than systems available in the past.
Conduct an Internet search for “outdoor network IP video surveillance camera” and you will find hundreds of choices with varying options and varying quality, with price spreads to match. Here are three options at a range of prices that are sure to be on the search list.
The IQinVision Alliance-mx series IQM31NE-85 high-definition camera is designed to capture high-resolution images at 30 frames per second in both daylight and low-light environments and 60 frames per second at lower resolutions. It features two-way audio and a wide-angle zoom lens for taking in a wide view, while offering zoom capabilities to zero in on specific areas. Efficient video compression software minimizes use of network bandwidth. The camera is encased in a polycarbonate bubble and aluminum body for protection from vandals. The camera, which has a suggested retail price of $699, is available from professional installers such as Dakota Security Systems (dakotasecurity.com). For more information, visit iqeye.com.
The AyrScout WiFi Camera from Ayrstone is intended for use with the company’s AyrMesh WiFi system. The system includes a router and hub designed to extend wireless Internet on a farmstead or across an entire farm with multiple hubs. Designed for plug-and-play configuration and setup, the camera offers .3-megapixel resolution from a fixed-length infrared lens with a wide viewing angle. The outdoor version of the camera, which has 60 infrared LEDs to provide night vision at distances up to 30 meters, has a suggested retail price of $224.95. An indoor version of the camera retails for $199.95. An outdoor pack, which includes the outdoor camera, a router and hub, retails for $584.95. For more information, visit arystone.com.
The Logitech Alert 750e outdoor video surveillance system uses the electric grid to transmit images from cameras to a home computer and the Internet. The system, which includes a single camera, plus HomePlug Powerline technology and related software, can be expanded to include up to six indoor or outdoor cameras. The camera captures 720- x 960-pixel video at 15 frames per second through a 130-degree wide-angle lens with a night illumination system providing up to 100 ft. of coverage. Free mobile viewing is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones. The suggested retail price for the base kit is $349.99. For more information, visit logitech.com.