LoRa wireless tech monitors cattle health in real time

August 21, 2018 //By Rich Pell
LoRa wireless tech monitors cattle health in real time
Semtech Corporation (Camarillo, CA) has announced that its LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) are being used in smart cattle tags for advanced health monitoring.

The LoRa devices are being implemented by Quantified Ag (Lincoln, NE), a company specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) cattle tracking and cattle health solutions

"Semtech’s LoRa Technology allows us to respond much faster to cattle disease than conventional techniques,” says Vishal Singh, CEO of Quantified Ag. "Communications throughout the day from an individual animal's smart ear tag minimize the delay from when the animal contracts an illness to when it starts showing symptoms, which improves a cattle producer's business model and increases productivity. We've seen significant results in increased efficiency."

Quantified Ag's LoRa-based hardware collects data continuously, allowing feedlot workers to detect and respond to anomalies in a cow's behavior and vitals. Each sensor measures body temperature and activity, and the data is sent to the cloud for analysis in real time or stored for trend reports.

Applications scan the data for outliers such as an animal showing reduced mobility or elevated body temperature, which could be signs of disease. Feedlot workers are then notified of the anomaly, and can act quickly to prevent disease from worsening or spreading.

Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT in Semtech's Wireless and Sensing Products Group adds, "LoRa Technology and LoRaWAN connectivity go hand-in-hand with agriculture with its long range, easy deployment, and flexible capabilities. Semtech’s LoRa Technology maximizes efficiency and sustainability by providing a cutting-edge IoT solution that improves results in cattle health detection."

Semtech Corporation

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