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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, Prague, Czech Republic.

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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.

Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID code: 14460
Keywords: herd management system, wireless sensor networks, Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Subjects: Technology > Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 15:28
Last modified: 21 Jul 2015 15:58
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