RFID cattle tracking system up for an awardJuly 30, 2015
Applied Research Chair Glen Kathler is a finalist for the Innovation in Agricultural Science award from the Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Foundation.
Kathler and his RADLab team developed an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio-frequency identification (RFID) livestock-tracking system, including a first-ever UHF-RFID ear-tag as well as the hardware and software applications needed to store and report tag-read data. This $1-million project was funded by the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and took place with industry partners across the supply chain.
"ALMA allowed us to go down a path where there were no footprints," said Kathler. "The application-specific readers that we built prototypes for were very novel and fit to work in harsh environments."
This project has led to more applied research in the livestock sector and beyond, including a DNA cattle-tag project. "The ALMA project has spawned a considerable amount of additional research from private and public sector partners. There's close to an additional million dollars in projects that have resulted from that first project."
For Kathler, being an ASTech finalist is cause for reflection. "We have a high level of expertise, and we're very creative and novel in the way we solve problems," said Kathler.