Young engineers develop chip to detect cow’s temperature
Thrissur: A team of young electronic engineers has developed a cattle health analysis smart system to identify the health problems of cattle. Sreesankar S Nair and Romeo P Jerald are the engineers who developed this system at the agri business incubator in Kerala Agriculture University here.
The duo won the national award worth Rs 1 lakh constituted by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute for this innovation.
The cattle health analysis system functions through a chip fixed on the ear of the animal. With this system, the movement of a cow at a dairy farm in Karnataka can be detected with a computer in Kochi. The computer will examine the movement of the animal scientifically.
A message will be sent to the owner’s mobile phone informing that his cow is having health issues like fever. Each cow will be identified with a number. This number will be mentioned in the message. Apart from disease, the chip will also alert the owner about the time of the cow’s fertilisation and expected milk production etc.
The team has won national recognition for the innovative device during the Agri India Hackathon which is a platform to introduce innovations related to agriculture.
“Brain Weird Innovation, a firm of the young engineers, have developed the cattle health analysis smart system which includes a chip called ‘We Stock’ and a mobile app. It is one of the two innovations developed in the university incubator and won the national award,” said incubator head Dr KP Sudheer.
‘We Stock’ has two parts. The first part is the Internet of Things (IOT) based microchip. Every movement of the cow including food consumption, drinking, body weight and reproductive cycle will be monitored through the chip.
The second part is a reader facility that passes messages. The details from the reader will be recorded on the computer through the cloudnet. The details will be analysed through machine learning. The analysed data will be forwarded to the ‘We Stock’ app on the mobile phone of the farmers.
The ‘We Stock’ app is successfully implemented at a farm in Karnataka. Some farmers in Kerala have also started to use it.
This service will be available through Kerala Agriculture University.
KG Arjun, MK Aurangazeb, R Praveen, VS Sajil, Asha Antony and D Athira are also part of the start-up.