Cows that Send an SMS when about to Give Birth
Published on: 20th Oct 2012
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Cows can text, thanks to Machine to Machine communication (M2M). Using the Vel'Phone and HeatPhone solutions supplied by French monitoring vendor, Medria Technologies, farmers are notified automatically when calving begins or when a cow is on heat and ready for insemination.
Deutsche Telekom and Medria have formed a partnership and agreed to cooperate in equipping 5,000 farms around Europe with the application and with Telekom SIM cards.
The Telekom SIM Cards are housed in M2M data collection devices in the cow's stable or the field. Special sensors measure the cow's vital data and relay it to the data collection device. The device then notifies the farmer immediately by sending a text message.
M2M communication technology means that the farmer no longer needs to spend long nights in the stable. The M2M solution ensures that he can intervene promptly when a cow is about to calve and can make optimal use of the short time when a cow is on heat.
The result is a higher reproduction rate for the herd, while avoiding emergencies means less stress and more profit for the farmer. Data readings are not just available as texts on the farmer's cell phone. Every farmer can follow his cows' vital data on the Medria's Daily Web Services Internet platform thanks to the M2M GPRS data transmission link between the data collection device and Medria's datacenter.
If the Telekom network is not available, the SIM card switches automatically to the best available network at the location and thereby ensures constant availability even in remote areas.