As experts in automation we get questions unrelated to gate openers quite often. We love to work on these issues and come up with solutions. One question we have received a few times was could our remote access devices somehow be utilized for a hog trap and the answer is YES, absolutely.
Here is the breakdown of a recent system we put together for a customer of ours. They started with a remote video monitored hog trap and had a spring loaded door for the trap. If they didn’t have the spring closing gate mechanistic one of our sister sites, panicexitpro.com.
They would manually open the gate to the hog trap when setting the trap. In the open position they used the Estate Swing low impact automatic gate lock. (alternatively if you wanted to save some money you could utilize the GateCrafters.com automatic gate lock and paint it black or camouflage to not be a distraction. It is a mechanical lock that does not require power to remain locked. When triggered to release it uses energy for only a few seconds to energize a solenoid that releases the lock. The releasing of the lock then allows the springs to slam the gate closed, trapping the hogs in the pen. The automatic gate lock was paired with a 10 Watt solar panel, cell phone receiver and large battery box.
The solar panel will maintain the 12V deep cycle marine Group 24 battery. The battery will be the power source for both the lock and the receiver. The cell phone receiver is the cool part of this system. A GSM SIM card with phone number will be purchased for the receiver. The user will program in the phone numbers of authorized phones that can close the trap. When one of the authorized phone numbers calls the phone number of the GSM SIM card it will recognize the caller ID of the inbound phone number and trigger the lock to release.No apps, passwords, WiFi, or anything else needed. The reaction takes seconds and the hogs will be trapped! So for this customer they will monitor their cameras from their house or any place else with video access. When they see the hogs enter they can call the receivers phone number from any number of phones as long as they have been set up in the system.