“Cows are going to be part of the network, like cars and buildings (though they’re not things, as in the “internet of things”). Livestock animals are too valuable not to be tracked and monitored, and now we have the technology to do it unobtrusively. Welcome to the Internet of Ruminants.”
Amsterdam-based Connecterra looks to have a jumpstart on other players we’ve seen in the “quantified ag” space. It has sensors to pick the movements of cows and say whether the animals are eating, sleeping, walking, and so on. But it’s also building what looks like a sophisticated “deep learning” platform to help farmers decide if the cows are eating correctly, ready for insemination, or going lame.