onnected Animals established (Press release 11 April 2017). The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Utrecht University) and Invenit BV (Raamsdonk) have established a joint venture with the help of Utrecht University Holdings: "Connected Animals Group of Companies". Connected Animals develops systems for connecting animals to the internet.
Connected Animals uses the 'internet of things' (IoT) and develops applications to make the health and welfare of animals more transparent to animal owners. These can be professional owners, such as farmers in the case of cows, but also consumers in the case of companion animals. By connecting animals to the internet, data can be continuously collected and analyzed 'in the cloud' and subsequently returned to the owner as usable, integrated information.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Invenit have identified numerous possibilities in which IoT can be used in animals. This involves simple and cheap track and trace solutions, such as 'where is my dog?' Or 'what did my cat do during the night?'. In the Netherlands alone, more than 200 calls per day are handled on missing or found pets (only 50% of the missing cases are resolved).
Also more complex applications are possible. For example, they continuously monitor the health and welfare of animals and inform the owner of any abnormalities at an early stage. These latter applications cost more development time, but Connected Animals also has these more complex systems already in preparation, for example for dairy cows and wild animals.Technologie
Connected animals uses Invenit's Clickey® technology in the heart of its sensors. In combination with KPN's new LoRa network, this provides a platform that has been extensively tested for safety. In addition, the Clickey technology meets the highest standards in terms of protecting data transfer and guaranteeing the privacy of owners and users.