Thursday, 12 June 2008

GPS cows

MIT has been conducting some interesting research into GPS tracking herd animals. I did some research into this area using RFID a few years back. The issues I had were battery life, range and most critically, bulls taking down fencing and bypassing the RFID readers.

The MIT team have made an Ear-A-Round (EAR) device with state-of-art electronics. Their latest prototype is a doughnut-shaped stereo headset worn over each ear. The headset design is based on a knowledge of range animal ecology which has been combined with the MIT scientists' electronics skills in robotics and mobile computing.

This has been conducted at the Jornada Experimental Range in the US.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=62-35-15-00

The paper (http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publications.htm?SEQ_NO_115=159696) on virtual fencing is a good read.

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