The use of electronics is becoming more and more prelavent in agriculture. It can involve monitoring or controlling animals, or it can be related to animal nutrition, health or general wellbeing. It can also relate to land and crop management.
Electronics for animals include applications where an animal, large or small, wild or domestic, is equipped with an electronic device for the purpose of monitoring and/or recording behaviour, tracking movements, or even “improving performance”. It can represent a uniquely challenging application. Such applications are unusual in that the animal — the direct user — is usually not cognizant of the product, has no regard for it and may find its presence to be an irritation. The product therefore suffers from the added challenge of being potentially subjected to very rough handling.
- If the animal is normally placed out in the open, it is necessary also to deal with the weather, 24/7.
- On top of that, there is often the issue of working with a limited local power supply, i.e. a battery, meaning that some technological choices are not available or that some compromises need to be made.
mSemicon's agritech products are to be found in many places around the world, where they have been shown to be very effective.