Axis Cameras Used to Monitor Foals from Anywhere in the World

Axis Communications announces that its partner IPEye has provided international showjumper, Andrew Mizon, with a hosted surveillance service that uses AXIS M1031W network cameras to monitor his in-foal mares 24x7 from anywhere in the world.

International showjumper, Andrew Mizon put two of his horses in foal to Dollar du Maurier and chose to use an innovative online surveillance system to monitor the mares' progress. Once the births became imminent, Andrew was able to view live footage, on his mobile or using the Internet, of the horses which are stabled at Blackburn-based Northcote Equestrian Centre.

Andrew said: "There's a period of about 10 days when the mares could foal and added to that they only give birth at night so we would have had to put together a rota to check on them so that we are on hand if they need any help during the birth. This means having to pay for a groom to stay at the yard which can become costly."

The Mizon's already had experience of using a hosted network video service from IPEye which had proved to be a very effective way of monitoring one of Andrew's top horses when it suffered a collateral ligament rupture while jumping the Hickstead Derby in 2009.

Andrew said: "Being able to monitor my injured horse at any time of the day and night using the Internet or my mobile phone gave me great peace of mind especially as I travel a lot to competitions so can't always see first hand how the horses are. Gerry was not allowed to lie down for several weeks following surgery, and the camera allowed us to observe him whilst he was recuperating. This gave us the idea that we could apply the same technology to monitoring the two mares to make life easier for me and my family as well as the grooms."

The backbone of the surveillance service is based on the Axis Video Hosting System platform and IPEye's software and user interface means that customers are able to monitor their premises whenever they want. The type of service provided includes:
Viewing footage online at any time either using the Internet or a mobile phone with a user-friendly web interface;
Setting up triggers such as when the burglar alarm goes off, or when someone walks past a passive infra red sensor (PIR), or the camera detects motion so could be used to monitor use of arenas or other facilities on the yard;
Triggers can be set up to send notifications via email or text;
Footage can be sent using either AVI or MP4 depending on bandwidth restrictions or the quality of image that is required.

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