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Q-Track Milk Operations Optimization System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00061
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.3
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
Q-TRACK CORPORATION
2223 Drake Avenue SW 1st Floor HUNTSVILLE, AL 35805
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Q-Track Milk Operations Optimization System
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2012-00061
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Automated milking systems make dairy operations more efficient and less stressful for animals and farmers alike. However when a problem occurs, a suspect animal must be found and diagnosed quickly. This effort aims to evaluate the feasibility of a Q-Track Milk Operations Optimization (Q-MOO) system. The proposed Q-MOO system will employ a novel, low-frequency real-time location system (RTLS) that exploits Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) technology. NFER RTLS has the potential to provide high accuracy location data of animals at a reasonable cost even in complicated RF propagation environments such as when animals are clustered in close proximity or when line-of-sight to a receiver is obscured by metal fences, shelters, or structures. This effort also aims to take a more comprehensive look at the value of location data in optimizing dairy operations. Teaming with dairy experts at Auburn University, Q-Track will explore whether location awareness can further enhance the safety and productivity of dairy operations by correlating animal locations, associations, activity levels, and other innovative ways location data can add value. Our commercialization partners anticipate the proposed system will be economically viable by reducing the labor required to find a suspect cow and speeding intervention in the context of automated milking systems. We will further explore additional value and benefits in a trial at Auburn University's E.V. Smith Dairy Research Center.

Principal Investigator:

Hans G. Schantz
256-489-0075
h.schantz@q-track.com

Business Contact:

Jerome S. Gabig
PRESIDENT
256-489-0075
J.GABIG@Q-TRACK.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

Q TRACK CORPORATION
3414 GOVERNORS DR SW STE Q Huntsville, AL 35805-3672

EIN/Tax ID: 550810580
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No