Digital Barriers solutions take on rural crime in Wales

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Digital Barriers solutions take on rural crime in Wales

Live streaming body worn cameras and automatic ground sensors used to secure lone workers, remote farmland and assets.

London, 29 April 2021 – Digital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, reveals its collaboration with the Future Farms Cymru project, run by North Wales Police. Digital Barriers has equipped a farm in North Wales with its real-time surveillance solutions to demonstrate the role sophisticated technologies can play in cutting the cost of rural crime, estimated by the National Farmers Union to have reach £54m in 2019.

Rural areas and farmland can be inherently difficult environments to secure. However, Digital Barriers’ scalable and flexible solutions are designed to work in demanding conditions, such as remote and vulnerable locations. Proven and trusted within the military and defence domain, Digital Barriers world-class video streaming capability and AI-based edge analytics can provide reliable and secure monitoring protecting people, places and assets.

The first technology being showcased as part of Future Farms Cymru is a live streaming body-worn camera for the enhanced protection of lone workers. If an incident occurs, the wearer can press the urgent assistance button, which transmits video and a live GPS location back to a designated monitoring centre – providing immediate response. The second is EdgeVis Shield, a combination of easy to deploy ground sensors that can be used to secure vast perimeters including farmland containing high value assets. The autonomous system automatically detects when irregular behaviour occurs around a perimeter, sending alerts and live video if a trespasser or vehicle approaches.

PC Dewi Evans commented on the announcement, “In recent years we’re increasingly seeing rural communities and businesses being targeted by criminals. Therefore, it’s vital that rural businesses employ the right security methods to protect their assets. Criminals need to know that the farm they’re targeting could be equipped with this cutting-edge technology - and they will be almost certainly be caught”.

Neil Hendry, Vice President EMEA, said, “I’m happy that our technology is being used on the front line in the fight against rural crime. The pandemic has adversely affected businesses of all shapes and sizes with farmers struggling to protect themselves against criminal activity. Future Farms Cymru is an important initiative, and we are delighted to be able help shape and support the future food and farming policy with our robust video surveillance technology.

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