SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading telecom operator, has teamed up with Namyang Dairy Products and IoT firm uLikeKorea to launch a dairy cattle management system using biocapsules that has been dubbed “Live Care”.
The first medical tracking device inserted orally to be officially approved in the country, the biocapsules situate themselves in the cow’s first stomach of four, the rumen, where they monitor the bovine’s body temperature. With this data, the cow’s owner can make informed assessments of when the animal is showing early signs of disease, when it is in heat, and when it is likely to give birth. When the biocapsule detects changes in its host’s body temperature, it sends a notification wirelessly to the owner’s computer and smartphone.
Namyang Dairy Products will look to incorporate Live Care into the day-to-day management of 700 dairy cattle at six farms nationwide, to supervise the cattle’s reproductive processes, maintain and preserve health, and to access prior history of antibiotic use.
SK Telecom explained that prior external attachable devices were not as efficient as Live Care, and that they were far more easily damaged.
Namyang Dairy Products is planning on releasing a premium organic brand from the milk provided by the dairy cattle overseen by Live Care.
SK Telecom and uLikeKorea said they will look to continue to expand the capabilities of the biocapsules going forward.