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Sensors (Basel). 2010;10(12):10752-77. doi: 10.3390/s101210752. Epub 2010 Dec 2.

Study of the ubiquitous hog farm system using wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring and facilities control.

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School of Information and Communication Engineering, Sunchon National University, Maegok-dong, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, Korea.


Many hog farmers are now suffering from high pig mortality rates due to various wasting diseases and increased breeding costs, etc. It is therefore necessary for hog farms to implement systematic and scientific pig production technology to increase productivity and produce high quality pork in order to solve these problems. In this study, we describe such a technology by suggesting a ubiquitous hog farm system which applies WSN (Wireless Sensor Network) technology to the pig industry. We suggest that a WSN and CCTV (Closed-circuit television) should be installed on hog farms to collect environmental and image information which shall then help producers not only in monitoring the hog farm via the Web from outside the farm, but also facilitate the control of hog farm facilities in remote locations. In addition, facilities can be automatically controlled based on breeding environment parameters which are already set up and a SMS notice service to notify of deviations shall provide users with convenience. Hog farmers may increase production and improve pork quality through this ubiquitous hog farm system and prepare a database with information collected from environmental factors and the hog farm control devices, which is expected to provide information needed to design and implement suitable control strategies for hog farm operation.


WSN; agriculture; hog farm; pig; ubiquitous

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