Cape Town - As the provincial government scrambles to set up structures to improve rural safety, farmers are looking to technology to boost security in the face of recent farm attacks and related agricultural crime.
Drakenstein Farm Watch (DFW) chief executive Daan van Leeuwen Boomkamp said on Sunday that drones – which use a combination of technologies including computer vision, artificial intelligence and object avoidance tech – are among the resources they are already using to keep an eye on farms in and around Paarl.
“We also have powerful radio networks. While everyone has a mobile phone these days, we have found that radio is most useful when urgent communication is needed, as all the user has to do is switch on the mic and speak, whereas with the phone you may have to look for the app and open it before getting anything done,” Boomkamp said.
DFW work closely with Fidelity ADT, who earlier this year entered a partnership with agricultural industry association Agri SA.
ADT will be providing integrated systems – from intrusion systems, to radio frequency identification tagging, CCTV, fire solutions, access control, monitoring services, control room facilities and guarding, which can be integrated to provide a complete and tailored managed risk solution.