Are you a cattle farmer, or have access to market in the livestock industry? With our SODAQ Cowtracker, you can now start tracking cattle anywhere in the world. For communication we have embedded a Microchip LoRa module, so the devices can connect either over a public network, such as Everynet or The Things Network are deploying. We also offer Lorix Gateways, which in combination with the cattle tracker serve as a fully private, autonomous solution.
One of the main issues that many cattle trackers have is the necessity of constantly charging the battery by manually plugging them into charging stations. Having to constantly monitor the battery level of the tracker and to check it's charge is extremely time consuming. To solve this issue, we designed the tracker to have a 0.5W solar panel that harvests energy from the sunlight. Moreover, the tracker uses an integrated LiPo battery that holds the charge for longer periods of time and is guaranteed to charge whenever the solar panel is exposed to sunlight!
Another significant benefit offered by the SODAQ LoRa Cowtracker v2 is that it is fully customisable with Arduino code. This implies that not only are you able to utilize a range of open-source software, but you are also able to ensure that your device never becomes outdated as you can always upgrade it's functionality yourself. This provides the added benefit over traditional "plug-n-play" devices as you are able to avoid the risk of becoming dependent on the manufacturers' devices without options for bug-fixing or customisability.
A product that looks like it could work, like a prototype, is good. But products that are actually working are even better. We are proud to say that our Cattle Tracker has been used extensively in the field all around the world. As an example we like to highlight one of our clients whom has utilised 50 units in the Bavarian Alps using TTN. Amongst other things, he measured the location of his many cows and managed to visualize these as seen below.
How does it track location?
How can you see the location? Well, SODAQ’s tracker uses LoRa technology, an 868/915 MHz antenna and GPS for effective geolocation and communication! Thus, a person or system monitoring the animal is able to track wherever the animal goes. As well, the GPS tracking system is connected to the internet over LoRa to share its own location.
Specifications and Datasheet
- Power-efficient Atmel SAMD21 Microcontroller
- 0.5W Solar Panel and 2200mAh Lithium-Polymer battery
- GPS tracking using the u-blox EVA M8M module
- Minimum 3 year battery life and 2 weeks without recharge
- LoRa enabled for 868 as well as 915 MHz and optional bluetooth
- Weather and wear resistant: Tested on cows, horses, wildebeest and reindeer
- Measuring range: (distance from gateway) between 5-50km
- GPS accuracy: Under 30m depending on active time of GPS module
- Operating Conditions: -20 ... +50 °C
To view the full datasheet click here
What should you order?
For smaller orders, it is easy to follow the steps yourself to install a cow tracker (or a few). These can be visualized on many platforms and we offer good support at learn.sodaq.com or on our forum (http://www.forum.sodaq.com). For larger orders, we are glad to help for custom installations and other required adjustments. Whether its 50 units, or 1000 units, we are experienced with large clients and are undoubtably able to offer you value.
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] for more information on your project and to get you a quote.