|What is EquiFone?|
Most expectant mares will
lie completely prone before and during the foaling process.
EquiFone was designed to detect when the mare is lying in the
foaling position, and alert the breeder via telephone to help
insure that someone is in attendance during foal delivery.
How does EquiFone
The EquiFone system is
composed of a transmitter and a receiver/dialer. The
transmitter is placed in a small pouch, which is then attached to
the mares halter. When the mare lies in the foaling
position, the transmitter sends a signal to the receiver/dialer.
The receiver/dialer is a microcomputer telephone dialing system
that calls 1 - 4 pre-stored telephone numbers and transmits a
pre-recorded message to alert the breeder to the fact that the
mare is lying in the foaling position
receiver/dialer receives the signal from the transmitter on the
mare when she lies in the foaling position. It then dials
all of the pre-stored telephone numbers and plays a pre-recorded
message to each as they are answered.
The receiver/dialer is
placed in an indoor area, and connects to a standard phone jack or
the GSM Wireless Unit.
It is powered by an AC adapter that plugs into a standard
electrical outlet. The membrane keypad on the
receiver/dialer is dustproof.
To use EquiFone, you must have at least 2 telephone numbers
available. One for EquiFone to call out on, and another one for
EquiFone to call to. EquiFone cannot call the same
telephone number that it is connected to.
A typical installation would be:
The receiver/dialer is plugged into a land line phone jack or the
GSM Wireless Unit, and it
calls a cellular or other phone to alert the breeder, when the
mare lies in the foaling position.
you do not have a land line you may be able to use our GSM
Wireless Unit described below.
The transmitter is powered
by a 9 volt battery. It is inserted into an adjustable pouch that is
attached to the rings on the sides of the mares halter, and it
hangs under the head just forward of the throatlatch area.
mare lies flat out in the foaling position the transmitter sends a
signal to the receiver/dialer.. There
is a built in delay of 8 - 10 seconds before the transmitter sends the
signal to the receiver/dialer to prevent false alarms in the
event the mare just lies down and gets up again. The mare
(including miniature horses) does not realize she has the transmitter
Our transmitter mounts on
the mare in the throatlatch area. Mounting it in this manner
prevents it from getting wet when the mare drinks and from getting
hung up on water buckets and feeders which can result in false alarms.
Other brands of halter foaling alarms mount their transmitter under
the lower jaw which can allow these types of problems to occur.
no limit to the number of transmitters that can be used simultaneously
with one receiver/dialer.
The GSM Wireless Unit works
just like a cell phone. Instead of plugging the receiver/dialer
into a land line phone jack, you can plug it into the
Wireless Unit and the Wireless Unit makes the calls. The
Wireless Unit is a quad band device and will operate world wide.
You must provide a GSM SIM (GSM Subscriber Indentity Module)
card for the Wireless Unit. You can use a SIM card from an
active GSM cell phone, or you can purchase a "pay as you
go" GSM SIM card from several vendors on-line such as the O2
or H2O wireless GSM SIM card from Best Buy at: www.bestbuy.com
Search for " SIM Card"
The distance for
transmission from the transmitter on the mare, to the
receiver/dialer is up to 500 feet. Transmission strength is
enhanced by having a clear line of site between the transmitter
and the receiver/dialer.
will work for any size/type horse. The only difference
between horse sizes is the length of the straps that connect the
transmitter pouch to the mares halter.
The appropriate power
adapter/plug (120 - 240 volts - 50 - 60 Hz) will be shipped
at no extra charge for the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Two years, 100%, parts and
EquiFone system -
Ready to install and operate
1Transmitter, 1 Pouch, Power adapter, Instruction
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