While at a meeting, Tom Gray receives a text message that his electric fences are not working properly at the farm. The text does not originate from his wife, but rather his Gallagher I Series Fence Energizer System.
Gray's farm near Platte City, Mo., serves as the test location for this new technology offered by New Zealand based company, Gallagher. The company is already selling the "smart" series is in other countries, but by late summer it should be available in the United States.
"This is a way of offering piece of mind and security to our customers," says A.J. Ebert, director of sales-east with Gallagher North America. "Farmers can be away from their home and feel confident that their animals are being contained."
The I Series offers protection for up to six zones. Each zone is monitored by a main energizer controller along with individual fence monitors. "If just one zone drops voltage," Ebert explains, "a farmer will get a text as to what is going on at that zone."
How it works
The fence monitor will recognize a drop in energizer performance and signal an alarm to the energizer controller. Alerts are then sent to the energizer controller, or the optional feature of sending a message to your mobile phone via the SMS energizer controller and/or an optional alarm system.