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SAIT RADLab takes home award

November 14, 2015

Glen Kathler awarded the ASTech Agricultural Award.

SAIT researchers took the top award for Innovation in Agricultural Science at the 2015 ASTech Awards on November 6. Glen Kathler, applied research chair of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Application Development Lab (RADLab), was recognized for his team's work on a four-year, $1-million research project with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA).

"If we can find ways, with technology, to improve a business and improve the return on investment for everyone from a producer on the ranch all the way up the supply chain - that is a definite win. It makes that industry more sustainable," says Kathler. "In the RADLab, if someone has an idea for a technology that can help them do something better, but they can't find it on the shelf, we build it."

The award-winning applied-research project involved the design, development, and field testing of an ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID cattle-tracking system. With novel SAIT-made software and hardware, the RADLab's solution can read hundreds of cattle tags simultaneously and record and store animal-specific data linked to individual tags. The system improves on current cattle-industry standards for tracking animals from "farm to fork."

One of seven sponsored innovation-and-technology awards given out at the 15th annual ASTech Foundation event, the Innovation in Agricultural Science award includes a cash price of $5,000.

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