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Animal monitoring and identification

The aim was to integrate progress in knowledge of animal stress physiology within new technological based systems for intensive animal husbandry. More specifically, a precompetitive read and writes intelligent biosensor, which can measure body temperature, physical activity and tissue conductivity of pigs. The biosensor communicates via a computer system by signal transmission and stores relevant animal data thus conferring a form of electronic passport for each individual animal. Full applications will help to reduce medical treatment of animals, reducing chemical residues in the meat, which can impair human health.

Development of a data acquisition unit and allied software have resulted in a system which is used within current experiments for collecting data on body temperature by telemetry during housing and transport of piglets, thereby allowing the identification of physiological parameters. The device can also be used for surveillance of temperature sensitive food products during transit and storage.

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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Bijzondere Weg 12
3360 Lovenjoel
Belgium
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