How the Internet of Things is Helping Our Relationship to Animals

The Internet of Things (IoT) is great for humans but also for animals. There are many ways in which it helps us to interact with them better. Here are a few examples.

Helping Farm Animals’ Health

Monitoring animals has always been crucial for a farmer. Knowing when an animal needs medical attention can save its life and the ones of others around it, if they are infectious. Thanks to IoT sensors placed on animals, this can be detected rapidly and acted upon. But there are many more advantages to this type of monitoring.

Observing the flock can inform the farmer on where the animals graze during the day, letting him know the quality of the food they eat. When an animal gets sick, a veterinarian can sometimes have the wrong diagnosis. In fact a study shows that they are only right in 60% of cases. IoT monitoring can help in the diagnosis of an animal. More animal news here.

Providing the Right Amount of Food and Water

Wonder if your cat or your dog is getting the right amount of food or water, or you need to go away for a day? There are objects that will provide the necessary food and water to them, whenever the animals need it, without your intervention. Of course, it is practical for you and the animals, since you have less work to do and they are never suffering from a lack of the things they need but it can also provide you with precious information.

Sometimes your pet can be sick without you realizing it. With a machine that records the amount of food and water ingested by your animal daily, if there is a change in its habit, you will be able to recognize it rapidly in the decline of quantity. Then, you’ll be able to consult your veterinarian rapidly, so your friend can get back to its normal self, rapidly.

Tracking Sea Creatures

In a completely different field, IoT offers the possibility for scientists to study, evaluate and track sea creatures. Although signals don’t travel particularly well under water, developers have found ways to overcome this barrier and provide data to scientists. They can provide heart rates, temperature, movements and many more information about fish and other living beings in the seas, lakes or oceans.

It has helped a lot in the last few years to identify where species live, how they behave throughout the year and where they migrate. And this is just the beginning. As the field is slowly developing, scientists hope they can help save some marine life, thanks to the new technology. They are also hoping it will help us to discover what is hidden at the bottom of the oceans since there is more than 70% we don’t know anything about.