Monitoring the health of cows in real time
Published: 22 October 2012 - Rachael Morling
The Vel'Phone and HeatPhone from MEDRIA Technologies of France mean farmers are notified automatically when calving begins or when a cow is in heat and ready for insemination.
Deutsche Telekom and MEDRIA have formed a partnership and will equip 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 which 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 and can intervene promptly.
Farmers can also follow their 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.