Cattle Health Monitoring using Wireless Sensor Networks

K. Mayer, K. Ellis, and K. Taylor (Australia)


Sensor network, wireless, GSM, GPRS.


Mobile, wireless sensor networks are able to bring a new level of monitoring into many industries. In this paper, we describe how wireless technologies can be used to create a platform for animal health and behaviour monitoring. A steer is used as a case study, and is instrumented with both internal and external sensors with a minimum amount of interference with the animal. Using matchbox sized motes placed inside standard drug release capsules, we have been able to monitor the intra-rumenal activity of the steer. The sensors communicate wirelessly with each other, and are continuously connected over the mobile telephone network to provide a real time view of the data, using standard web services, from anywhere on the Internet.

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