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Title:
APPARATUS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING THE BODY TEMPERATURE OF LIVESTOCK ANIMAL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/203490
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
A device positional on a collar for livestock animals to measure the body temperature of the animals. The device interprets infrared signal from the animal as a body temperature. The infrared sensors are fixed to the device that is placed on the collar. The device on the collar is located on the neck in close proximity to major vascular pathways. The device sends data remotely via radio frequency to a central server.

Inventors:
YATES, Colin (3 Rusholme Cres, St. Catharines, Ontario L2T 3V2, L2T 3V2, CA)
YATES, Glen F. (3 Evergreen Street, Burgessville, Ontario N0J 1C0, N0J 1C0, CA)
MULA, Sam (46 Granite Dr, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2N5, P1H 2N5, CA)
Application Number:
IB2017/053129
Publication Date:
January 11, 2018
Filing Date:
May 26, 2017
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Assignee:
YATES, Colin (3 Rusholme Cres, St. Catharines, Ontario L2T 3V2, L2T 3V2, CA)
YATES, Glen F. (3 Evergreen Street, Burgessville, Ontario N0J 1C0, N0J 1C0, CA)
International Classes:
G01K1/14; A61D13/00; G01J5/00; G01K1/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN LLP (For the attention of Mark D. Penner, Bay Adelaide Centre333 Bay Street, Suite 240, Toronto Ontario M5H 2T6, H4Z 1E9, CA)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 15 November 2017 (15.1 1.2017)

1. A non-invasive device for determining a body temperature of cattle , the device comprising:

(a) a first infrared sensor for contacting the skin or hair of the cattle , the first sensor capable of reading cattle data;

(b) a second sensor, the second sensor capable of reading ambient temperature data;

(c) a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor for determining the body temperature of the cattle based on the cattle data received from the first sensor and the ambient temperature data received from the second sensor; and

(d) a communication device for communicating the body temperature of the cattle , wherein the first sensor, the second sensor, the processor and the communication device are disposed within a collar that can be disposed around a neck of the cattle.

2. The device of claim 1 , wherein the communication device is a display.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the communication device further comprises a transmitter for sending the data encoding the body temperature of the cattle to storage device remote from the device.

4. The device of claim 3, wherein the storage device is a server.

5. The device of claim 1, wherein the first sensor continuously reads the cattle data.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are fixed to a housing having the processor and communication device disposed therein, and a belt loop fixed to the housing, the belt loop being sized so that a belt is positional through the loop.

7. The device of any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein the first sensor further comprises protrusions fixed to the belt loop so as to be positioned in contact with the neck of the cattle .

8. The device of claim 7, wherein the temperature sensors have a temperature sensor recess.

9. The device of claim 7, wherein the second sensor is an infrared sensor where the first sensor has a sensor recess.

10. A method of determining and/or monitoring the temperature of cattle , the method comprising the steps of:

(a) Positioning a non-invasive device on a portion of the body of the cattle , the device comprising:

(i) a first infrared sensor for contacting the skin or hair of the cattle , the first sensor capable of reading cattle data;

(ii) a second infrared sensor, the second sensor capable of reading ambient temperature data;

(iii) a processor in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor for determining the body temperature of the cattle based on the cattle data received from the first sensor and the ambient temperature data received from the second sensor; and 3/3

(iv) a communication device for communicating the body temperature of the cattle ;

(b) determining the body temperature of the cattle ; and

(c) communicating the body temperature of the cattle, wherein the first sensor, the second sensor, the processor and the communication device are disposed within a collar that can be disposed around a neck of the cattle.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the communication device is a display.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein the communication device further comprises a transmitter for sending the data encoding the body temperature of the cattle to storage device remote from the device. 13. The method of claim 12, wherein the storage device is a server.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the server sends data to a user.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the user is a farmer, farm manager, or veterinarian.

16. The method of claim 10, wherein the first sensor continuously reads the cattle data.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are fixed to a housing having the processor and communication device disposed therein, and a belt loop fixed to the housing, the belt loop being sized so that a belt is positional through the loop.

18. The method of any one of claims 10 to 17, wherein the first sensor further comprises protrusions fixed to the belt loop so as to be positioned in contact with the neck of the cattle.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the second sensor is an infrared sensor.