A local company specialising in electronic surveillance and security systems is offering a high-tech solution for the perennial problem of praedial larceny.
With local farmers losing up to $6 billion each year, PSF Alarms and Tracking, a subsidiary of PFS Security Limited, is urging the agricultural community to invest in systems and devices to effectively counteract the efforts of farm thieves.
The company has endorsed the proposal to use microchips to track animals and has suggested even more state-of-the-art security systems.
"The microchip is like the equivalent of a fingerprint for a human being. It cannot be duplicated, so it is not a situation where somebody can remove the chip from Cow A and put it into Cow B. That cannot happen at all," Ricardo Panton, marketing officer of PSF Security told The Sunday Gleaner.
He noted that the microchip uses radio frequency identification technology to record, store, and update personal identification, medical history, medications, allergies and contact information, among other things.
This data can be accessed by the farmer with a hand-held scanner.
According to Panton, local farmers should also consider closed-circuit television and geofencing, which incorporates thermal imaging and infrared electronic probes.
He said undetected by the naked eye, the electronic probes can be used to create a virtual perimeter fencing for a defined area, with a range of applications for detecting and apprehending intruders.
However, this requires an investment in a combination stateof-the-art security option.
"If someone enters the geo-fenced area, they trigger an alarm which sends a signal to your computer, your smartphone and our response centre.
"You can also zoom in on the person with cameras that read pitch-black darkness, picking up faces and other images. You can see and we can see as well, but the intruder has no idea - unless you want to alert him/her," said Panton.
He noted that the silent alarm can be paired with a high-pitch blaring noise, as well as blinding lights of close to 150 watts.