M2M or Machine-to-Machine solutions can be deployed to solve a wide range of challenges, from farmers who want to track and monitor their livestock, to scientists studying animals in the wild. In each case a unique solution is required. A recent example concerns a livestock feeder manufacturer that wanted to offer nutritional analysis as well as machinery to its customers. Instead of gathering data by hand, which required a great deal of investment in time and effort, the manufacturer opted for an M2M solution. By sharing data from monitoring device to analyst station over a cellular network it was able to more efficiently regulate feed distribution and in turn, improve the quality of milk and meat.
Conversely, wild animals are often found outside of built up areas and farms and where there are no towns and cities there is a lack of terrestrial communications infrastructure. Tracking the whereabouts of animals – whether on a farm or in the wild – outside of terrestrial cellular networks is a challenge. What’s needed is a robust satellite solution.
Satellite networks provide the global coverage that makes animal tracking possible. With a satellite modem attached to a particular animal – usually via a collar – scientists, researchers and farmers are able to pinpoint its exact location with remarkable accuracy. Acting as a virtual shepherd, the satellite solution can be preprogramed to send out a series messages per day that are then used to plot the animal’s movements. One such application is geo-fencing – a virtual boundary is defined on an area of land that when crossed by an animal an alert is triggered.
We think satellite and cellular M2M provides an exciting opportunity for those involved in animal and other asset tracking to address evolving communications needs. We can help you design, implement and succeed with launching a satellite tracking solution for livestock and wildlife. Why not get in touch to find out more?