At a Bluetooth SIG media event at the Vanilla in London on Tuesday 8th July, Well Cow demonstrated its wireless telemetry bolus system for the long term measurement of rumen pH and temperature in dairy herds. The new receiver utilises Bluetooth as it was the only communications technology that was able to harness the wide area connectivity of a smartphone from an embedded battery powered device. Such a technology had to be ubiquitous and have low enough power consumption to allow for a good battery life.
This media event pulled in more than 20 European press and analysts from heavy hitters like Gartner, IHS Technology, The Guardian, Juniper, Electronics Weekly, EDN, Engadget, and the Inquirer, among others. They came to see the cool new solutions and products Bluetooth SIG members.
The company developed its new communication system with our partner, Ziconix. Who they chose to work with because of their experience of developing mobile apps for industrial applications and their knowledge of the communications technologies needed to develop the system.
The Well Cow system automatically collects pH and temperature data from the bolus sitting in the rumen via a ruggedised reader and transmits it to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet computer, which can be kept away from the animal for security. In turn this connects to a wide area network and onto the Cloud so that the data can be analysed remotely by the farmer, vet or nutritionist. This brings the latest in communication and computing technology into the farm.