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Implementation of a herd management system with wireless sensor networks

Kwong, K.H. and Wu, T. and Sasloglou, K. and Stephen, B. and Cao, D. and Goh, H. and Goo, S.K. and Gilroy, M.P. and Tachtatzis, C. and Glover, I.A. and Michie, C. and Andonovic, I. (2009) Implementation of a herd management system with wireless sensor networks. In: Joint International Agricultural Conference 2009, 2009-05-12 - 2009-05-13.

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Abstract

This paper investigates an adaptation of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) to cattle monitoring applications. The proposed solution facilitates the requirement for continuously assessing the condition of individual animals, aggregating and reporting this data to the farm manager. There are several existing approaches to achieving animal monitoring, ranging from using a store and forward mechanism to employing GSM-based techniques; these approaches only provide sporadic information and introduce a considerable cost in staffing and physical hardware. The core of this study is to overcome the aforementioned drawbacks by using alternative cheap, low power consumption sensor nodes capable of providing real-time communication at a reasonable hardware cost. In this paper, both the hardware and software has been designed to provide a solution which can obtain real-time data from dairy cattle whilst conforming to the limitations associated with WSNs implementations.