AT510923A1 - Method for displaying information made to animal - Google Patents

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AT510923A1
AT510923A1 AT20692010A AT20692010A AT510923A1 AT 510923 A1 AT510923 A1 AT 510923A1 AT 20692010 A AT20692010 A AT 20692010A AT 20692010 A AT20692010 A AT 20692010A AT 510923 A1 AT510923 A1 AT 510923A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
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    • A01K11/006Automatic identification systems for animals, e.g. electronic devices, transponders for animals
    • A01K11/008Automatic identification systems for animals, e.g. electronic devices, transponders for animals incorporating GPS
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01KANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
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Abstract

The invention relates to a method for displaying information associated with an animal (3), which is provided with an animal tag (5), comprising the steps of: - capturing an image (6) of a real scene (1) with a camera (2) and Representation of the image (6) on an output device, - detecting the position of the camera (2), - detecting the direction in which the camera (2) is aligned, - detecting the position of the animal mark (5) and - fading one of the real Scene (1) and / or animal mark (5) associated with information in the captured image (6), with the condition that the information associated with the animal mark (5) is displayed only when the position of the animal mark (5) in the image (6 ) is included.

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The invention relates to a method for displaying information associated with an animal and to a mobile recognition or display device for carrying out the method with a device body, a Hüile for a mobile recognition or display device and a method for locating an animal within a room, wherein the animal is provided with a transmitting and receiving module, wherein further in the space at least two anchor nodes are arranged with defined location coordinates, and with another transmitting and receiving module to which a GPS module is assigned, wherein the transmitting and receiving modules and the Anchor nodes are interconnected to a wireless network, and can communicate with a central processing unit.

So far, data relevant to the work of a livestock farmer is distributed among several computer systems that operate completely independently of one another and do not exchange data with each other. Furthermore, it is only possible to use information from these systems while working in a stable or on pasture. It has also been known for a long time that animals are tagged with animal tags containing an electronic circuit, in particular a passive transponder. For example, the identification of animals for research purposes, for example, to explore the migratory behavior of animals. The labeling of animals in breeding cattle, which is legally required in most countries, is also widespread. In the mentioned transponder data about the animal, for example origin, date of birth, etc., as well as data about a livestock owner, for example its name and address, can be stored and if necessary read without contact. These systems also work independently of other computer systems.

The object of the invention is therefore to improve the livestock or simplify, in particular to give the farmer a better level of information directly on the spot in the animal. N2M 0/12800 -2-

The object of the invention is achieved with the method mentioned above for displaying information associated with an animal, which is provided with an animal mark, and the steps:

Capturing an image of a scene with a camera and displaying the image on an output device,

Detecting the position of the camera,

Detecting the direction in which the camera is aligned,

Capture the position of the animal brand and

Incorporate information associated with the real scene and / or animal mark into the captured image, with the condition that the information associated with the animal mark is displayed only when the position of the animal mark is contained in the image.

The method according to the invention provides a possibility for displaying information associated with an animal. For this purpose, an image of a scene is created in which - if there are animals in the image area - information about the removed animals are displayed, such as name, gender, age, weight, body temperature, distance traveled, etc. In this way, animal-related information Even with large herds in a simple way queried and assigned to a particular animal visually recognizable. It is also conceivable that, for example, animals recognized as ill are marked in the recorded image, for example by a red frame drawn around the animal. For example, whether an animal is ill can be determined by having a body temperature that is outside acceptable limits, has not eaten enough, or has not moved enough. In this way, the invention can contribute significantly to assisting a livestock farmer in his work. It is thus also possible to identify and subsequently optimize workflows and conditions which are to be improved in order to improve the economic efficiency of an agricultural enterprise by increasing the efficiency of the work processes in the barn or in the pasture. In addition, a fast and location-specific access to information of several computer systems and the associated equipment in the barn or on the pasture is possible. Furthermore, this allows fast navigation to objects, animals, tasks, employees, etc., or the sorting out of animals of a herd can be optimized, e.g. all animals that are 108 days old. By means of appropriate task and message modules, for example, notification of impending births, about feral animals NZ010 / 12800 • * «« • * «« »

*% -3 and virtual marking of these animals, etc. take place. Especially the latter is of importance, as the insemination should take place as soon as possible, so that the animal becomes pregnant. It is thus also possible to increase the sales value of the animals in the barn. Another advantage of the reporting module is that it can be better avoided that newborn animals are crushed by the dam.

It is advantageous if the camera provided for the method according to the invention is installed in a mobile terminal. As a mobile terminal, for example, a mobile phone or a palmtop into consideration. Since such devices are often carried anyway, they can fulfill an added benefit in this way. Advantageously, such devices often already have means for locating or means for detecting an orientation of the device. For example, a GPS receiver and a motion sensor for gesture control are provided for this purpose. However, it is also possible to locate via GSM triangulation. The image according to the invention with additional information displayed can furthermore be displayed in a binocular or in a night-vision device. Since animals at high distances and in the dark are particularly difficult to identify or identify, the advantage of the invention is particularly apparent here.

As a mobile terminal is due to its performance preferably a smartphone, especially an Android smartphone, used, as these devices have on the one hand in terms of data transfer and the manipulation of data significant advantages over mobile phones, and also significantly smaller than mobile PDAs. It also makes it possible to better fine-tune the specific application or situation on the ground. The latter is advantageous in that not all stalls are the same.

The virtual information associated with the animal brand or other objects of the scene can be assigned to the real scene via a video stream, preferably in live stream mode. This is in comparison to a still image advantageous in that on the one hand the reproduction of the data takes place simultaneously with the reception, so the update rate is greater, and on the other hand it is possible to fix the camera not only on a section of an entire scene with fast data playback but to pivot the camera and to obtain with the pivoting movement substantially simultaneously an update of the data to be displayed. Thus, the detectable range of the system can be significantly increased by the pivotal movement of the camera, without having to accept significant loss of speed with regard to the representation of the information.

The information displayed may include data selected from a group comprising feeding data on the animals in the image, ventilation data and / or cleaning data and / or temperature history data on the space in which the animals reside, biometric data of animals, total number of animals in the image , Data on feeding machines in the image, data on movement patterns of animals. On the one hand, the farmer receives a quick overview of all essential information on his animals and equipment for animal husbandry, on the other hand, the clarity of the display can be increased by the selection of certain data. For the assignment of the data to an animal or an object, and thus for the rapid detection of the specific information for the farmer, it is advantageous if the information is displayed directly in or above an animal or object displayed in the scene become.

For locating an animal, a wireless network of transmitting and receiving modules can be used for detecting the position of the animal tag of this animal, wherein the animal tags of all animals each have a transmitting and receiving modules, and wherein one or more, in particular further, Transmitter and receiver module (s) form (form) an anchor node of known position, wherein the position of a Tärararke is determined from the distance to the anchor node or nodes.

It is advantageous if the calculation of the position of the animal mark (s) is carried out in the anchor or the anchors. It can thus be reduced to the amount of data to be sent, so that this saved capacity can be used for the transmission of the information to be displayed, which either more information can be displayed within a short time or, for example, in Lifestreammodus updating the display can be done faster.

It is also possible for a list of available anchor nodes to be stored in each send and receive module of an animal tag and a different anchor node to be selected from this list for determining the position of the animal tag for each new position calculation. The advantage here is that the position determination is not done on a central server with high performance, but distributed throughout the system. If an anchor node fails, the remaining anchor nodes will take over the position calculation N2010 / 12800. Thus, with multiple anchor nodes automatically the number of calculations can be increased. The position data can thus be displayed even without a central server on a mobile display device, such as a smartphone, with low processing power as soon as the display device is connected to the anchor node network. The position data can also be temporarily stored on storage media on the anchor nodes.

It is also possible that each transmitting and receiving module sends a localization protocol to a central processing unit, wherein in the localization protocol the identifier of the anchor node to be used for the position calculation is also sent, and that as soon as the localization protocol and a localization signal at the or the (listening) Anchor node arrives / arrive from the central processing unit Protocol packets are sent to the appropriate anchor node for the position calculation.

Furthermore, the object of the invention is achieved by a mobile recognition or display device for carrying out the method according to the invention, wherein the device body is at least partially accommodated in a shell, in particular a protective cover, wherein in the shell at least one radio module or GPS module is included , as well as independently thereof by the above-mentioned case for the mobile recognition or display device, which has at least one radio module or GPS module.

By integrating a radio module in the protective cover, which may, for example, also include a forearm mount, it is possible for the protective cover to communicate with the animal tags, that is to say with the sensor network constructed therewith. If the protective cover still contains another radio module or GPS module, further communication with a mobile device, eg. A smartphone or iPhone, possible e.g. via Wi-Fi. There is no need for a wired connection between the mobile device and the radio unit. Thus, any mobile device having a communication interface, e.g. a WLAN interface, used to carry out the method and in combination with an animal brand and be located by the radio module or GPS module in the sensor network.

The object of the invention is also achieved by the aforementioned method for locating an animal within a room, in which the location coordinates of the anchor nodes with the GPS module of the other transmitting and receiving module are determined and the position of the anchor nodes in the central processing unit the respective Nemo / i28on -6-

Anchor node is assigned. This ensures that the anchor nodes do not need to be equipped with GPS modules. This is advantageous insofar as it is thus possible to reduce the energy consumption at the anchor nodes, so that the operating time of the anchor nodes can be significantly extended when using a battery on pasture land. In addition, the position detection in closed spaces using GPS is relatively poor, so that the avoidance of GPS detection brings benefits here. With the unique measurement of the anchor nodes in the anchor node network using the mobile GPS transmitter, it is subsequently possible to assign the anchor node world coordinates and to have them in common maps or system, for example in Google Maps, display. It is also easily possible that large grazing areas can be displayed quickly and easily, for example in Google Maps. By integrating a GPS module into the mobile transmitter, this location system can be easily combined with the above information display method by assigning a camera to the mobile transmitter.

To increase the accuracy of the position determination or to increase the covered space without the additional effort to measure additional anchor nodes via GPS, more anchor nodes can be arranged in the room, their location coordinates are determined in relation to the already provided with spatial coordinates anchor nodes and from the central processing unit are already beredinet anchor nodes provided with location coordinates.

The above embodiments and further developments of the invention can be combined in any manner.

For a better understanding of the invention, this will be explained in more detail with reference to the following figures.

Each shows in a schematically simplified representation:

Figure 1 shows a scene with a camera and cows seen from above.

FIG. 2 shows the image captured by the camera with additional information displayed; FIG.

Fig. 3 is a schematic representation of a system for locating an animal;

4 shows a schematic representation of a pattern recognition of an animal; N201Q / 12800 -7- • ff · ·· **

Fig. 5 is a schematic representation of the assignment of a transmitter to an animal;

Fig. 6 is a schematic representation of the temperature control on an animal;

Fig. 7 is a schematic representation of the preparation of a temperature image of a

Stalls;

Fig. 8 is a schematic representation of the calibration of an anchor node.

By way of introduction, it should be noted that in the differently described embodiments, the same parts are provided with the same reference numerals or the same component names, wherein the disclosures contained in the entire description can be mutatis mutandis to the same parts with the same reference numerals or component names. Also, the location information chosen in the description, such as top, bottom, side, etc. related to the immediately described and illustrated figure and are to be transferred to the new situation mutatis mutandis when a change in position.

The embodiments show possible embodiments locating system or an information system, it being noted at this point that the invention is not limited to the specifically illustrated embodiments thereof, but also various combinations of the individual embodiments are mutually possible and this variation possibility due to the teaching of the technical Acting by objective invention in the skill of those working in this technical field is the expert.

1 shows a scene 1 from above, in which a camera 2 and several animals 3, in the illustration cows, can be seen. With the camera 2, an image of the scene 1 and the position of the camera 2 is detected in the field, for example with the aid of a built-in or assigned to the camera 2 GPS module or GPS -Empfängers. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the camera 2 is installed in a mobile terminal, for example in a mobile phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a tablet PC, etc., which may already have a GPS receiver under certain circumstances. Of course, the camera 2 can also be located in a known manner via GSM.

It is also possible that the camera 2 is part of a so-called stand PC or with M9nio / i? "No -8 * this is connected. In general, the connection can preferably be wireless or wired.

In the particularly preferred embodiment variant, a so-called smartphone is used as the mobile terminal, that is to say a special form of a mobile telephone according to the technical definition of smartphones (for example http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone).

In a further step, it is determined in which direction the camera 2 is aligned. For example, a position sensor of the camera 2 can be assigned thereto or the position sensor can be installed in the camera 2 or the position sensor can also be provided in the mobile terminal.

Each of the animals 3 is provided with an electronic animal tag 5, in particular an electronic ear tag. It is thus an animal brand 5 meant that not only (has alphanumeric data, but which includes or includes an electronic module, as this example in the applicant's Austrian patent application with the file number A 940/2010, with the filing date 2010- Such animal tag 5 may in particular comprise or comprise a housing with an electronic circuit and with a receptacle for a housing counterpart for attaching the animal tag the animal 3, a housing counterpart connectable to the housing such that a body part of the animal comes to rest between the housing and at least a part of the housing counterpart The electronic circuit comprises one or more of the assemblies: at least one reed -Contact, with which the animal brand can be switched on and / or off, at least one radio interface, at least one transponder, at least one antenna of the radio interface, at least one infrared sensor, a vibration motor, at least one receiver, at least one light sensor, at least one light source, in particular at least one light-emitting diode, at least one compass, at least one position sensor, at least one motion sensor, at least one acceleration sensor, at least one means for locating, in particular a GPS receiver, at least one microcontroller, at least one power generator, at least one gas sensor. Via the receiver, a so-called "wake-up" function of the animal brand 5 can be achieved, i. that it is possible that the transmission function of the electronic circuit for transmitting data is activated only when data is actually sent or received ··· "

• k * * · · · catching. It is thus the energy consumption of the animal brand 5 reduced, whereby the intervals between the charging cycles or the replacement of the power supply can be extended. The "awakening", i. the activation, the electronic circuit of the animal brand 5 can be done via commands that are transmitted from a transmitting and / or receiving station for data exchange or data acquisition.

With the help of the infrared sensor, the temperature can be measured continuously or as needed via the surface temperature of the animal 3. Anomalies suggest a disease. For example, it can be provided that the electronic circuit automatically sends an alarm via the radio interface when the temperature leaves a certain target range. In particular, this type of measurement of the surface temperature is beneficial in animals 3 that can not perspire, for example in pigs. It can be concluded by a corresponding correlation of the surface temperature on the body temperature of the animal 3, whereby conclusions, e.g. on the stress behavior, on diseases, etc., can be drawn. In addition, in the event of a temperature change in the overall system comprising the animal tag 5, that is, for example, a data acquisition and / or data output and / or data transmission device, e.g. a computer or a telephone, in particular a mobile telephone, tasks and / or messages are generated, e.g. as an SMS or e-mail, and, if appropriate, deliver these tasks to a pet owner or his coworker, either automatically or manually, so that he can take the necessary steps. For example, this is advantageous for births or to monitor the birth process, diseases, system errors or errors in the area of the animal brand, when exceeding a predefinable limit temperature, etc.

The vibration motor may serve to locate a particular animal 3 of the herd. For this purpose, the relevant vibration motor, e.g. activated via radio. The animal 3 is awakened by the vibrations or at least shows a conspicuous behavior that identifies it or through which the animal can be found. This can be advantageous if the identifier of the animal 3 is not visible to the pet owner.

However, the vibration motor can also be used when the animal 3, for example, on the transmitter, so the animal brand 5, whereby the data transmission would not or significantly less quality would be done to the animal 3 to a change in position at least in the To induce animal brand 5. Furthermore, the vibration motor can be used, for example, to distribute alpha animals from the feeding site, N2010 / 12800 -10- so that the other animals 3 can also get to the feeding site. As is well known, alpha animals behave differently (more ruthlessly) than nonalphaites. In general, therefore, the vibration motor can be used to counteract the blocking of animals 3 by alpha animals.

LEDs can also be activated when searching for a particular Tier 3. In the twilight, darkness and in the stable, these LEDs are easy to recognize, which is why a particular animal 3 sought can easily and quickly be found. Advantageously, the animal 3 is not disturbed and not woken up, if it sleeps. The light emitting diode (s) may also be used for identification if the identification of the animal 3 is not visible to the pet owner.

Both the vibration motor and the light-emitting diode (s) have the advantage that for identification or retrieval of an animal 3 other animals 3 {neighbor animals) are not disturbed and the identification or finding in a herd is possible without the pet owner must go to the herd.

The compass and position sensor and a GPS receiver are used in a manner known per se for locating an animal 3. The motion sensor and the acceleration sensor are used for detecting movements of the animal 3. These sensors can also be used to activate the entire system or the animal mark 5, i. their electronic circuit, in particular of the chip, are used, or is thus the above-mentioned "wake-up" function feasible, especially if a lower threshold is awarded, from which the system is "woken up" so that the system does not every little movement is activated. For example, it can also monitor when an animal sleeps and when it is awake. Furthermore, the data of the motion sensor and the acceleration sensor can also be used in a conventional manner for the location, wherein the location can also be done with the known methods that use the signal transit time and / or the signal strength of an animal mark 5.

The microcontroller is used to control the addressed units. This evaluates, for example, a command received via radio and then forwards it to the relevant unit. For example, it activates the vibration motor when it receives a command to do so. N2010 / 12800 -11 - • Λ »• I · * · ·

Advantageously, the electronic circuit also includes a power generator which converts the kinetic energy of the animal 3 into electrical energy. In this way, for example, the battery can be saved, or it can be at least delayed a change of the same. The animal brand 5 can be switched off and on via the reed contact, so that at the animal brand 5 no additional key is required for this, which may be inadvertently actuated by the animal 3 or an adjacent animal 3. It can thus be the functionality of the animal brand 5 can be improved by this conditional misuse can be avoided.

Of course, other known from the prior art electronic animal stamps 5 can be used.

The position of the animal tags 5 of the animals 3 are detected or determined in a further step of the display method, for example via a GPS receiver installed in the animal tag 5. Finally, an information associated with the animal stamp 5 is superimposed on the detected image if the position of the animal stamp 5 is contained in the image.

In addition to the information that can be assigned to the animal 3, however, other information about objects contained in the scene 1, for example feeding machines or stable boxes, can also be displayed. Generally, information may be displayed that is selected from a group comprising feed data to the animals in the image such as if and when or how much an animal has eaten 3, ventilation data, such as. how long an automatic vending machine has run in a stall, when it has run, etc., and / or cleaning data, for example, whether a particular animal box or automatic feeding machine needs to be cleaned, and / or temperature history data on the room and / or temperature image of a room in the room the animals 3, biometric data of animals 3, such as the heart function, the pulse, the body temperature, etc., the total number of animals 3 in the image, data to feeding machines in the image, data on movement patterns of animals 3, etc. The animal brand 5 can of course also monitor whether the animal 3, for example, eats enough or moves sufficiently. If the values deviate from a desired range, as already mentioned, an alarm or an indication of this can take place. «Μ» * * * * - 12-

Fig. 2 shows an example of an image 6 captured by the camera 2 of the scene 1 according to Fig. 1 into which additional information about animals 3, i. the cows "Resi" and "Lisa" are displayed. The other two cows are just at the edge of the picture, so no additional information is displayed for them. This is by no means mandatory. Of course, additional information can be displayed for animals 3 at the edge of the picture. The type of information displayed, here weight and age of the animals 3, is merely illustrative. Of course, a completely different information can be displayed, for example, body temperature and amount of food that was already eaten on that day. For example, if a body temperature is detected outside an acceptable range, the information may also be displayed in red and / or flashing, for example, to attract the viewer's attention. Furthermore, with arrows pointing out of the image area, it is possible to draw attention to an animal 3 whose body temperature is outside an admissible range, but which is not currently in the picture. The user of the camera can thus specifically aim at a (possibly) sick animal. In Fig. 2, the cattle owner is referred to the cow "Karla", which has elevated temperature, but is currently not in the detection range of the camera 2. In this case, it proves to be an advantage if, according to an embodiment variant of the invention, the virtual information associated with the animal brand 5 (FIG. 1) is allocated to the real scene via a video stream, since a constant updating of the displayed information takes place during the pivoting movement.

The displayed information itself can either be stored in the animal brand 5 itself and be retrieved via the radio interface if necessary. It is also conceivable that in the animal brand 5 only an identification (name or number) of the animal 3 is stored and the information to be displayed on the basis of this identification from a remote database or from a database that is stored in the mobile terminal, procured , It is also conceivable for this purpose that the animal brand 5 has a GSM interface. But mixed variants are also possible, that is, for example, basic information is stored in a database or in the mobile terminal and retrieved from there, and that data to be updated, for example, the surface temperature of the animal 3, are sent by the animal brand 5 and combined with the basic information become.

The display of the data can be done on a screen, especially the smartphone. On the other hand, it is also possible that the information about voice output for the N2010 / 12800 f «l» · · · · -13-

Available or printed by a printer. Again, mixed forms are possible.

It is also advantageous if a binoculars or a night-vision device is provided as a mobile terminal. Especially at long distances and at night the identification of an animal is particularly difficult. At this point, the advantage of the invention is particularly apparent.

The terminal or the mobile recognition or display device can be at least partially accommodated in a casing, in particular a protective casing, possibly with an arm holder, wherein at least one radio module is contained in the casing for the reasons stated above.

The displayed data or information is shown in Fig. 2 next to the respective animals 3 and provided with a pointer pointing to the animal in question. Advantageously, the information is displayed directly in the relevant or above the respectively illustrated animal 3 or object in scene 1. However, it is also possible in principle for the information to be displayed at the edge of the screen, whereby the clarity suffers a little here.

It should be noted at this point that the term "space" in the context of the invention not only closed rooms, such as stables or the like, are understood, but also open spaces, such. a pasture or paddock.

Fig. 3 shows a schematic representation of a preferred embodiment of a herd and health management system 7. This includes hardware and software. The hardware consists of the ear tag or tags 5 (Figure 1), i. in general, one or more transmitting and receiving modules 8, which are arranged, in particular fixed, on the animal 3 (FIG. 1), one or more anchor nodes 9 for the localization and the preferably wireless data transport. The anchor nodes 9 are also designed as transmitting and receiving modules. In FIG. 3, four anchor nodes 9 in a stall 10 and four anchor nodes 9 on a pasture 11 are shown. However, this number is only to be understood by way of example; more or fewer anchor nodes 9 can also be used as long as the space to be monitored, ie the stable 10 or the pasture 11, can thus be completely detected. Nvrvm / i9Ann - 14- * * * * * f ··

Furthermore, the hardware comprises a central processing unit 12, in which the data can be collected, stored and evaluated. Interfaces can be used to exchange data with third-party systems, such as automatic feeders, automatic milking machines, level indicators of silos, etc. Client applications can communicate with the central server via Wi-Fi or Wireless Fidelity (LAN = Local Area Network) data. ie the central processing unit 12, exchange. The one or more transmit and receive modules 8 collects / collect sensor data and sends it to the central processing unit 12. This calculates the position of the transmitting and receiving modules 8 and evaluates the sensor data via a pattern recognition. There are various patterns for animals 3 (Figure 1) (hot, sick, injured, etc.) and environment (heat, cold, oxygen, etc). Since not every stable is the same, this classification can be adjusted manually.

The or the transmitting and receiving module (s) 8 may also already evaluate sensor data. If a pattern is found in the data with a defined probability, the data is sent to the central processing unit 12.

Users can access the herd and health management system 7 via client applications (PDA, smartphone, PC, tablet PC, etc.) and exchange data.

The system is preferably constructed as follows. The anchor node network formed from the anchor node 9 communicates with each other with the 802.11s standard (draft, mesh network) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11s). The data exchange in the network with clients (13, 14, 15, 16) takes place via the 802.1 l.bgn standard (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11) to the anchor nodes 9 or via a wireless network, in particular the Internet 17. The location of the transmit and receive modules 8 is via the 802.15.4a (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.15.4 or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrabreitband) standard the anchor node. With the central processing unit 12, another anchor node 18 is connected, for example with USB or Ethernet. The data from the network are collected and evaluated on the central processing unit 12. On the central processing unit 12, the pattern recognition, position calculation of the transmitter, data storage and data synchronization with the clients 13 to 16 and third party systems 19. An external system can be a feeding computer, a climate computer or the like. The user can automatically have the data stored redundantly on the central processing unit 12 or an external data server 20 and also transmitted via the Internet 17 to the clients 13 to N2010 / 12800 - 15 - I ···· # · - * • * * · • · · · · · «« * · ≪ 16 synchronize via the Internet 17. Updates to the central processing unit 12, clients 13 to 16, anchor nodes 9, 18 and transmission and reception modules 8 can also be uploaded to the user via the data server 20. An optionally present pattern server 21 may periodically receive from the central processing unit 12 the sensor and position data of the animals 3 in order to re-train the algorithm for the pattern recognition and to be able to automatically or manually adapt the classification to the stall 10 of the user. On the clients 13 to 16 the animal data are displayed and manipulated as well as the animal positions.

In Fig. 4, the above-mentioned pattern recognition is shown schematically.

In the pattern recognition, the sensor data are transmitted via the transmitting and receiving modules 8 of the animal stamps 5 via the anchor network (arrow 22) to the central processing unit 12. Together with the positional data (location coordinates) of the animal stamps 5, a certain pattern classification algorithm is used to query for certain classifications (e.g., Bruntly, Hurt, Diseased, Aggressive, etc.). The data is stored in the database of the central processing unit 12. When the memory limit is reached, the data can be automatically exported to a so-called DataWarehouse. The user can also enter data on a mobile terminal 23, in particular a smartphone, and thus increase the probability of the hit during pattern recognition. Animal data and position data can also be displayed on the mobile terminal 23. If a specific pattern is detected, previously defined messages can be sent from the central processing unit 12 to a defined user group. These messages are sent via the anchor node network (arrow 22) or via the Internet 17. A message can be sent as SMS, e ~: Mail, Call, etc. The defined user group can e.g. the manager, the veterinarian, an employee, etc. A pattern can also be assigned predefined tasks. If a Tier 3 is fervent, the task Besamen is immediately sent to a specific person (employee, manager, Besamer) or synchronized through the system.

In order to optimize the pattern recognition for each stall, data from the animals 3 may be collected for a certain period of time and sent to the pattern server 21. On the pattern server 21, the data can be classified via an algorithm and / or manually by employees specifically for the respective stall 10. These classifications are transmitted to the central processing unit of the user. Periodically, N2M 0/12800 -16- "" IM 4 * * * * I "" ♦ *

The data is sent to the pattern server 21 and the classification for the respective stall 10 is checked.

Data for the pattern recognition is the position data of the animals 3 and sensor data from the animal tags 5. The sensor data may include i.a. the ear surface temperature and the ambient temperature of the animals 3 and be - as already mentioned - determined or measured by infrared sensors. Sensor values from a digital gyroscope and an acceleration sensor determine the head movements. Thus, the birth behavior or the onset of the birth process of the animals 3 can be detected by special head movements.

In Fig. 5 is a preferred embodiment of the assignment of an animal brand 5 to an animal 3 (both Fig. 1) shown schematically.

In order to be able to assign the animal tag 5 to the animal 3 in a particularly simple manner, the user opens a tab sheet 24 for the desired animal 3 on the mobile terminal device 23. The desired animal tag 5 and the mobile terminal are then shaken simultaneously (double-headed arrow 25). These accelerations are sent to the central computing unit 12 (FIG. 3) and the desired animal mark 5 is assigned to the selected animal 3 (transmitter No.). On animal stamp 5, the animal data are also stored. Thereafter, the animal brand 5 can be mounted on Tier 3. If the animal tag 5 is previously mounted, the user can enter the animal brand number manually or reject a bar code on the animal tag 5 with the camera 2 (FIG. 1) of a mobile phone or smartphone.

FIG. 6 schematically shows a preferred embodiment of the temperature control of an animal 3.

The animal tag 5 with the transmitting and receiving unit 12 on the animal 3 measures at adjustable intervals inter alia. the surface temperature especially from the animal's ear and the ambient temperature for control. This data is sent via anchor node network (arrow 22) to the central processing unit 12. In the central processing unit 12, the temperature data of the animals 3 are constantly checked whether they tend to be too high or too low. From the animals 3, a temperature profile 26 is created and matched to the respective animal 3. If a previously defined upper and / or lower limit value 27, 28 is exceeded, a defined message is sent to a defined group of persons. It is also possible to send a defined task to a person or interface (e.g., a video recording device, etc.). The temperature values are also NI2010 / 12800 - 17- • »

on the mobile terminal 23 (FIG. 5), in particular a smartphone, as described above for each animal 3. A monitoring of the temperature can already take place in the animal brands 5. In the event of an overshoot or undershoot, the data is sent to the central processing unit 12.

Temperature monitoring is also particularly important in calf hedgehogs. These are usually placed outdoors and heat up in the sun strong. Calves that already suffer from diarrhea can dry out and die even faster and in a very short time. It can also be monitored how often and when a calf is drinking. This is especially important if it is a group calf lot. In Fig. 7, a preferred embodiment of the temperature measurement of a stall 10 and a pasture 11 is shown schematically. Via a second infrared sensor (in addition to the first infrared sensor for measuring the surface temperature of the animal 3, in particular at the ear) in the animal mark 5, the ambient temperature in the animal 3 (FIG. 3) is measured. In this case, the envelope temperature is measured at a particularly thin spot, the animal brand 5. This thin spot adapts quickly to the ambient temperature. This is especially important for places with draft and incorrect ventilation setting. The temperature can be measured at adjustable intervals and correlated with position, i. the location coordinates, the animal brand 5 sent to the central processing unit 12. In this the temperature values are stored. At the client (13) the stable / outdoor area is displayed with temperature map. A time slider displays the temperature at a certain point in time at a specific location. Thus, it is possible to detect colds and hot spots as well as ventilation faults. Also, a ventilation computer 29 can be connected to the central processing unit 12, in particular wirelessly. Thus, the temperature and ventilation can be optimally controlled depending on occupancy and temperature.

The temperature image can be displayed on the mobile terminal 23 (FIG. 5), in particular a smartphone, as described above for each animal 3.

In order to calculate and display a temperature image of a room, the data of several animal marks 5 are used, as shown in FIG. 7, so that the respective temperature correlates with the respective location coordinates. By moving the animals 3 in the room, the temperatures are measured at various points, so that at least approximately the entire room is covered as a result. M? Mn / i7ann

In Fig. 8, a preferred embodiment of the calibration of the system is shown schematically.

In order to save energy at the anchor nodes 9 in a battery use on pasture land in these no GPS module is installed. In order to place the anchor node network and the animal tags 5 also on cards, e.g. To be able to view Google Maps, 9 coordinates, such as world coordinates, must be added to the anchor node. To do this, the user picks up a mobile terminal 23, in particular a smartphone, with GPS reception and an animal tag 5 associated with the mobile terminal 23, and goes with both parts in an outside area 30, e.g. also in the pasture area, some anchor nodes 9 from. The animal tag 5 is located by the local system and the mobile terminal 23 via GPS satellites 31. A localization algorithm on the central processing unit 12 then calculates the positions of the anchor nodes 9 and associates them with the (world) coordinates. These (world) coordinates are stored on the central processing unit 12 to the respective anchor nodes 9. The advantage here is that even large grazing areas can be displayed quickly and easily in Google Maps without having to equip the anchor nodes 9 with a GPS transmitter.

Within the scope of the invention, fixed objects, for example mills, silos, etc., which are displayed in particular on the mobile terminal 23, can also be used as the anchor node 9, so that the data is superimposed on the mobile terminal 23 according to the above method become.

The location or localization of an animal 3 can also take place in a manner known per se, for example by means of the "time difference of arrival" method known from the prior art. Since these methods are known from the prior art, reference is made to the relevant literature.

The calculation of the position of the animal stamp (s) 5 can also be carried out in the anchor or anchors 9. It is possible that in each transmitting and receiving module 8 of an animal brand 5 a list of available anchor nodes 9 is stored and from this list for the determination of the position of the animal token 5 for each new position calculation, another anchor node 9 is selected. For this purpose, each transmitting and receiving module 8 can send a localization protocol to a central processing unit, wherein in the localization protocol the identifier of the position calculation to be used anchor node 9 is sent, and that, as soon as the localization and a localization signal at the one or more (listening) anchor node arrives / arrives from the N201Q / 12800 12 · 19-centrate arithmetic unit 12 protocol packets are sent to the corresponding anchor node 9 for the position calculation.

The transmitter, i. the animal brand 5, can also send a signal (broadcast, blink). This signal from the transmitter contains i.a. the localization protocol and other user data such as temperature, speed, direction, etc. Achievable anchor nodes 9 receive the signal.

If, for example, there are 10 anchor nodes 9 in the network, then the transmitter can also send in the localization protocol - which anchor node 9 carries out the position determination from the achievable anchor nodes 9. Thus, all other anchor nodes 9, which receive the signal from the transmitter, send the received location protocols and payload data to this particular anchor node 9. This anchor node 9 then determines the position of the transmitter and sends only the result and the payload to a mobile terminal, such as a smartphone, or to a central server, PC, etc. When the transmitter sends out a signal again, a new anchor node 9 for the Position determination determined. The list of achievable anchor nodes 9 is stored in the transmitter. Thus, the calculation can be distributed to all anchor nodes 9. The advantage here is that in an anchor node network with many anchor nodes 9 and transmitters, in particular animal brands 5, (eg 40 anchor nodes 9 and 4000 transmitters) not every sent localization protocol from the transmitter via the achievable anchor nodes 9 to redundant payload to the central server 20 or the central processing unit 12 leads. Thus, the data traffic towards the central processing unit 12 can be reduced. If the position in the network on the anchor node 9 is already determined, then only the result and the payload from the sender to a receiver in the network are sent. Also, no central server must run when the position should be displayed on a smartphone. Thus, the system can also run on a pasture without a central server, since already from three anchor nodes 9, the localization of an animal brand or transmitter works and just on the anchor node 9, the position can be determined.

The individual embodiments shown in FIGS. 1 to 8 can form the subject of independent solutions according to the invention. N2010 / 12800

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1. A method for displaying information associated with an animal (3), which is provided with an animal tag (5), comprising the steps of: capturing an image (6) of a real scene (1) with a camera (2) and displaying the image (6) on an output device, detecting the position of the camera (2), detecting the direction in which the camera (2) is aligned, detecting the position of the animal mark (5) and fading one of the real scene (1 ) and / or animal mark (5) in the acquired image (6), with the condition that the information associated with the animal mark (5) is displayed only if the position of the animal mark (5) in the image (6) is included ,
2. The method according to claim 1, characterized in that the camera (2) is installed in a mobile terminal (23).
3. The method according to claim 2, characterized in that a smartphone is used as the mobile terminal (23).
4. The method of claim 2 or 3, characterized in that the animal brand (5) associated with virtual information via a video stream of the real scene (1) are assigned.
5. Method according to one of claims 1 to 4, characterized in that as displayed information data are used selected from a group comprising feeding data to the "hens" (3) in the image, ventilation data and / or cleaning data and / or temperature history data for the room in which the animals (3) reside, biometric data of animals (3), total number of animals (3) in the image (6), data on feeding machines in the image (6), data on movement patterns of animals (3). Kiñio / i? Ann -2-
6. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized in that the information is displayed directly in one or above a respective displayed animal (3) or object in the scene (1).
7. The method according to any one of claims 1 to 6, characterized in that for detecting the position of the animal mark (s) (5) a wireless network of transmitting and receiving modules (8) is used, each animal mark (5) a transmitting and receiving modules (8), and one or more, in particular further, (s), transmitting and receiving module (s) form an anchor node (9) of known position, the position of an animal mark (5) from the Distance to the one or more anchor node (9) is determined.
8. The method according to claim 7, characterized in that the calculation of the position of the animal mark (s) (5) in the or Ankemoten (9) is performed.
A method according to claim 8, characterized in that in each transmitting and receiving module (8) of an animal tag (5) a list of available anchor nodes (9) is stored and from this list for determining the position of the animal tag (5) for each new position calculation another anchor node (9) is selected.
10. The method according to claim 9, characterized in that each transmitting and receiving module (8) sends a localization protocol to a central processing unit (12), wherein in the localization protocol, the identifier of the position calculation to be used anchor node (9) is sent with, and that as soon as the localization protocol and a localization signal arrive at the one or more listening anchor nodes (9), the central processing unit (12) sends protocol packets to the corresponding anchor calculation node (9) for the position calculation.
11. Mobile recognition or display device for carrying out the method according to claim 1 or 10 with a device body, characterized in that the device body is at least partially accommodated in a casing, in particular a protective casing, wherein in the casing at least one radio module or GPS Module is included. 3- ► «III
12. envelope, in particular protective cover, for a mobile recognition or display device, characterized in that it aulweist at least one radio module or GPS module.
13. A method for locating an animal (3) within a room, wherein the animal (3) is provided with a transmitting and receiving module (8), wherein further in the space at least two anchor nodes (9) are arranged with defined location coordinates, and with a further transmitting and receiving module (8) to which a GPS module is assigned, wherein the transmitting and receiving modules (8) and the anchor nodes (9) are connected to one another to a wireless network, and to a central processing unit (12) can be used, in particular for use in a method according to one of claims 1 to 10, characterized in that the location coordinates of the anchor nodes (9) with the GPS module of the further transmitting and receiving module (8) are determined and the position of the anchor nodes ( 9) in the central processing unit (12) is assigned to the respective anchor node (9).
14. The method according to claim 14, characterized in that further anchor nodes (18) are arranged in the space, wherein the location coordinates are determined in relation to the already provided with location coordinates anchor node (9) and the central processing unit (12) or the already calculated with location coordinates anchor nodes (9) are calculated. MKW electronics GmbH
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