Implanted RFID Sensors are Used to Track Cows

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Though these three cyborg cows with implanted RFID sensors look same as the other cows on a dairy farm in Utah, they are munching on grass and sending data to help train an artificial neural network. Tim Cannon, a biohacker, created the RFID trackers that can be implanted under the skin of livestock.

He cooperated with a tech incubator in Australia and founded Livestock Labs and created the bovine FitBit named EmbediVet. The sensors can collect the data like cows’ pulse, heart rate, chewing frequency, temperature, and movements around the farm.

RFID trackers are mostly used to identify animals, especially livestock. However, wearable collars can track temperature or activity. It’s easy to implant RFID sensors in cows under local anaesthetic. The sensor is powered by a coin-cell battery with about three-year life, and possibly offers a more effective way to track bovine behaviour and collect data.

Cannon is plotting out the early data of the sensors emit. Finally, he hopes to develop a smartphone application for farmers to monitor the animal status or find early issues (At recent, farmers judge whether cows are ill or pregnant only by watching).

Kerry Rood, an associate professor at Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine Rood who implanted the cow trackers, told MIT Technology Review: “As a veterinarian, if there’s some way I can detect animal discomfort and animal diseases earlier, then I’m ahead of the ballgame when it comes to providing care and welfare to these animals.”

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