The function of a driveway alarm would seem apparent to most people. To monitor your driveway, of course. These wonderfully helpful marvels of technology have been assisting home and business owners for decades. Having recently moved to a rural area in South Western Ontario, I have noticed no exception. Driveway monitoring devices are as popular here as they were when I lived in much more populated areas of Ontario.
I have discovered – since moving to this rural area, that people who own livestock are using these devices in different and very clever ways! Multi-zoned driveway alarms are being used as perimeter fencing. No more phone calls in the middle of the night from the neighbor reporting that the cows have gotten out and are chewing up his lawn! A laneway sensor was the perfect solution to this kind of issue!
Installing a multi-zone driveway alarm allows the rancher to know when and at what area the fence had been breached. This saves time and effort finding the hole in the fence and allows the rancher to go directly to where the livestock are escaping. Since voice recording for each zone is possible – there is no confusion in the middle of the night trying to sort out which ‘beep’ type the alarm was.
Another area for these multi-zone units to used – can be property security. Instead of being concerned only with what is ‘leaving’ the fenced area – a driveway alarm can indicate a zone that was being entered. Trespassing animals or humans will sound an alarm as well if the perimeter is broken. As before, with the voice recording alert for each zone – knowing where to search your property quickly can determine if there is a real threat to your livestock or barn/farm house.
Many driveway alarm systems can be used in conjunction with handheld receivers, allowing ranchers the mobility they require to continue their normal day to day routine. Depending on the size of your property – a long range handheld receiver may also be a consideration worth looking into. These handheld receivers can clip onto your belt and be carried anywhere within a four mile radius of your property.
Living in a rural area with long driveways, open fields and barely visible perimeters can make it difficult to maintain total security. A driveway alarm, alerting you to incoming and outgoing movement can provide a much needed audible alarm system.