What are your options for a farm alarm or barn alarm system?

An alarm system for your farm is essential for keeping livestock safe and making sure your farm secure.

There are lots of options out there, and obviously I’m partial to Smart Barn, but we want you to be educated about your choices. Here’s, a quick review of the basic kinds of systems available to you.

The completely wired alarm dialer that uses a phone line:

The old standby is the alarm phone dialer, the Sensaphone 400 is a very common type that a lot of folks use in farming. There’s also the AgriAlert 800ez which is also pretty basic, you set them up using a keypad to program in the phone numbers it will dial. Both are reasonably reliable and cheap as far as farm alarm systems go. The Sensaphone is not  completely sealed up in an enclosure, so they can be susceptible to moisture damage or corrosion. The FreezeAlarm FA700E dialer is another option, as well as the Farm Alarm, though I haven’t used those like I’ve used the Sensaphone and AgriAlert.

An internet connected farm alarm system:

There are quite a few more options for you on the web connected side, though your mileage may vary. Sensaphone also has options in this space, with the Web 600. There are also numerous systems from SimpliSafe, Iris, and SmartThings, and Google Nest. Here’s where Smart Barn really shines, if you’re planning on a web-connected system Smart Barn gives you the most bang for your buck by a long shot.

Cellular-connected farm alarm system:

Smart Barn is definitely the best option here too, but I’ll admit there are also alternatives. Sensaphone has the Cell 1400 which is a cell connected dialer. You’ve also got the Digi SmartSense, which used to be several brands like Temp@lert, but is now consolidated into one brand now.

 

Wired versus wireless:

Many of the farm alarm systems are still hard-wired to their sensors. This means you have to run wires to every point you want to monitor, and usually introduces a lot of maintenance and cost. If you've got more than one building to monitor, then the amount of cable and conduit you'll have to run becomes pricey very quickly. Smart Barn eliminates the wires and is much easier to setup because we use long-range wireless sensors powered by AA batteries that last for years without replacement.

 

Those are just a few of your options for a farm alarm system, we’ll add more to this list so you’ve got a nice resource and comparison point. And of course, if you want to talk to a friendly person who can help you navigate your technology options, please, give us a call and we’ll help you sort through the options. You can call or text us at 937-697-1890, or email us at contact@smartbarn.io

Why You Need an Alarm for Your Farm

Secure your farm with an alarm system so you won't have to worry

  • A power outage could cost you $30,000. Smart Barn wireless temperature sensors make sure that your poultry house or hog barn is safe, comfortable and secure. Power outages can cost poultry and hog farmers up to $30,000, and Smart Barn will alert you if your power is out, your generator is running, and the temperature is safe.

  • A broken fan could cost you $10,000. Ventilation failures on a hog, poultry or dairy farm cost thousands of dollars when animals die of heat stress. Smart Barn tracks the temperature, and and sends you an alarm if there's a problem. Plus, it's easy to check in on your barn any time you'd like using our easy to use smartphone app.

  • Generators fail. Generators protect your poultry house or your hog barn from power outages, but Smart Barn generator sensors catch dozens of cases of tests not being run, and generators not operating correctly before there's a problem. You can track your generator status and receive alerts if it fails to operate; Smart Barn's permanent data record logs the equipment status, ensures that your backup systems are tested regularly, and operating correctly. Don't find out your generator is broken when the power goes out.

  • You can secure your farm. Smart Barn is an all-in-one system, it's not just a barn alarm. Our wireless driveway alarms can alert you if someone is trespassing on your property while you're away. You can protect your farm from the weather and from outside intruders.

 

Introducing Smart Barn's Patent Pending Bin Level Sensor

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SMART BARN'S BIN LEVEL SENSORS:

  • Save you time, let you stop taking extra trips to the farm
  • Let you conveniently check levels from your smartphone or PC
  • Help you plan ahead; no more emergency feed orders
  • Reduce feed waste with more better feed management
  • Keep you safely on the ground instead of climbing slippery ladders
  • Are reliable, easily maintained, and won't get struck by lightning

Smart Barn is releasing a limited amount this December.

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Water Needs in the Winter

Water Needs in the Winter

An unfortunately common misconception is that livestock farmers don’t need to provide their animals with as much water in the winter as they do the rest of the year. While it is true that heat stress related dehydration isn't an issue in the winter, your animals still expend significant energy trying to keep warm, eating more as a result.

Do I Need to Monitor My Greenhouse?

Do I Need to Monitor My Greenhouse?

Smart Barn’s one-of-a-kind monitoring system utilizes our partnership with Verizon Wireless, effectively eliminating the need for a connection to the internet. Smart Barn’s sensors (temperature, humidity and more) send data directly to a Verizon, who stores it in the cloud so you can view a report and keep records. Smart Barn will also notify you if the temperature or humidity in your greenhouse exceeds or falls below what you want.

Importance of Monitoring Your Foals and Mares

Importance of Monitoring Your Foals and Mares

Whether you choose to let your mare give birth in a birthing stall or in an enclosed pasture, it’s important to keep her and her new foal safe and comfortable. Especially in their first days of life, foals are at risk from predators like dogs and mountain lions. For this reason most horse owners take advantage of the safety of a stable.

The Danger of Heat Stress

The Danger of Heat Stress

Some like it hot. The rest of us don’t do so hot in the heat. Whether you farm in humid Florida, dry Nevada or chilly Minnesota, heat stress is a risk for your livestock, your crops, and you.  

What is heat stress?

Basically, heat stress is what happens when your body becomes unable to regulate your internal temperature and you start to “overheat”. Almost always, heat stress is the result of outward conditions.

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Importance of Remotely Monitoring Your Poultry House

Importance of Remotely Monitoring Your Poultry House

Fried chicken is only good on the dinner table. If you want your broilers to make it there, you have to keep them comfortable in the poultry house first. Below are three important considerations to take into account when raising your poultry. 

Six Reasons to Monitor Your Pig Farm

Six Reasons to Monitor Your Pig Farm

Running a successful pig farm is no cake-walk. There are a lot of factors that go into raising and maintaining healthy pigs. Here are six reasons why it pays to monitor your pig farm. 

Monitoring Temperature Remotely on Your Dairy Farm

Monitoring Temperature Remotely on Your Dairy Farm

Dairy cows are most productive when they're comfortable, and they're most comfortable in an environment between 40 and 65 degrees Farenheit. While their thick skin and natural insulation helps them stay warm in cooler temperatures, it also makes them more prone to heat stress in warm weather.

Smart Barn Sensors Quick Look

Smart Barn Sensors Quick Look

Smart Barn serves the poultry, hog, crop, greenhouse and dairy industries, making it easy for you to monitor and protect your investments, no matter what you’re farming.

Below is a quick look at each of our sensors and their capabilities.

Important Monitoring Considerations for Raising Hogs

Important Monitoring Considerations for Raising Hogs

Things to consider when raising hogs and how to effectively monitor them.

Monitoring Temperature Remotely at Your Hog Barn

Monitoring Temperature Remotely at Your Hog Barn

How to remotely monitor the temperature of your pig barn to ensure happy, healthy, stress-free pigs.