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5G system planned to monitor dairy cows

19 March 2020

JAPAN - Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, NTT Docomo Inc. and others plan to develop a system to monitor dairy cows using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks, aiming for commercialization in 2022.

The planned system will use vast amounts of photographic data to detect early signs of illness and estrus in dairy cows, to ease the heavy burdens on dairy farmers that are blamed in part for the difficulties they face securing successors.

Also on the development team is Tsuchiya Manufacturing Co., a dairy farming equipment maker based in Sapporo.

The system will feed photographic data from cameras in cattle sheds to artificial intelligence for learning and analysis, informing farmers promptly via smartphones if there are signs of illness and estrus in cows.

The developers aim to create a sophisticated low-cost system by using 5G services, which will be available this spring, to process vast amounts of photographic data that cannot be handled by current fourth-generation, or 4G, technology.

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Source: The Japan News

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