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Multisensor monitoring by digital telemetry

A pre-competitive read and write intelligent digital telemetry device has been developed, being able to measure body temperature, physical activity and tissue conductivity of pigs with a programmable measuring window and accuracy, to communicate with a computer system and to store data relevant to the individual animal (electronic passport).

The uniqueness of the system is : its dimensions (injectable), its reliability and precision for measuring some physiological parameters, its read and write facilities for animals kept within a group. These characteristics will allow a broad application field from farm management to product processing and marketing, enhancing competitiveness of Community agriculture (with respect to product application) and industry (with respect to product development).

This system has been validated by laboratory and field experiments with respect to robotic aided loose-housing conditions (early identification of disease problems, optimising reproduction efficiency, minimizing labour costs, improving animal welfare), collection of animals on the farm (stress detection and data storage), slaughterhouse processing (used stored information to control and to preserve meat quality). Full application will help to reduce medical treatment of animals, reducing chemical residues in the meat, which can impair human health. The device can also be used for the surveillance of temperature sensitive food products during transit and storage.

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