Controlled access of livestock barns can now be realized using facial recognition technology with a new management tool called Protocol.
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This biosecurity management system, designed for North American pork and poultry producers, is the result of the merger between Ontario-based Farm Health Guardian Ltd. and U.S.-based NoveTechnologies, LLC (NoveTech).
“Together our companies are stronger, and the merger means we are able to offer a more complete product line of digital biosecurity technologies to help farmers and food companies improve biosecurity and protect animal health,” Rob Hannam, Farm Health Guardian CEO, said in a joint press release.
Farm Health Guardian is a proven digital biosecurity software system that helps farm operations and food companies improve biosecurity and prevent disease transmission. As of June 5, 2023, the two companies will be combined under the Farm Health Guardian company name and operate from Guelph, Ont., and Omaha, Nebraska.
The companies said in a joint release that management teams from both companies will continue to provide industry-leading insights and drive the development of innovative solutions for farm biosecurity and animal health.
“We’re excited about the synergies that we all bring, and the opportunities to introduce a new, digital way for producers to make their biosecurity protocols easier,” said Anthony Novero, now the chief technology officer for Farm Health Guardian.
The newly launched Protocol is a controlled entry biosecurity system that allows farmers and integrators to take full control of who can enter their farm production sites.
“Protocol is a facial recognition barn entry system and is changing the way farms manage their health status and downtime requirements. This system enables farm managers to lower the risk of diseases entering barns by proactively controlling the people entry points,” said Kent Andersen, U.S. swine specialist with Farm Health Guardian, in the release.