The Calf Monitoring System helps you keep an even closer eye on the health of your calves, enabling you to react more quickly to outbreaking diseases. In order for the system to provide reliable data, a good mounting position is important.
What is the best way to mount the system?
The sensor on the hutch works with a near-infrared sensor to detect the movement of the calf. The mounting position of the sensors is crucial for the correct detection of activities such as feeding, lying down or playing. The sensors, which are screwed to the hutches, must be mounted in the middle and about knee-high (40cm height). The height of the sensor is measured from the standing position of the calf.
It is also important that the sensor is correctly orientated. The lettering on the sensor must be always visible from the top.
If horizontal mounting of the mounting plates is not possible due to the shape of the hutches, they can also be mounted vertically.
The gateway collects the data from the sensors and sends it to the database. This is done via the built-in SIM card and the supplied antenna. The gateway must be within range of the sensors and have sufficient cell phone signal (at least “Edge” (E) and 2 bars of signal). The rule of thumb for a good radio connection is a “clear line of sight” between the antenna and the sensors. The gateway can be mounted on a wooden beam, for example, using the supplied angle bracket.
The antenna should be mounted as high as possible within the area of hutches, to allow best signal of sensors and gateway. It is magnetic and can be magnetized to an iron angle, for example.
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