Work Package 3 aims at processing the data collected from the operative systems in Work Package 2 and develop algorithms to automatically and in real-time translate measured animal responses to certain key indicators defined for the domains animal welfare and health, productivity and environmental load, and finally integrate those algorithms in the whole system structure of the farm and of the production chain.
3.1 Analyse data and develop algorithm
The data collected in Work Package 2 will be analysed and labelled for algorithm development. The algorithm to be developed will calculate the relation between biosignals and valuable Key Indicators in real time and fully automatically. This will first need labelling, a procedure in which animal experts determine how biosignals from animals can be reliably converted into biologically significant observational data that are relevant in the domains animal welfare and health, productivity and environmental load. It is based on knowledge and observation of animal behaviour. Statistical analysis will then be performed to prove the relation between biosignals measured on broilers, pigs and cattle and the Key Indictors defined in Work Package 1.
3.2 Design integrated solutions at farm level
An integrated system can be described as a system that combines technical subsystems, computing systems and software application to act as a coordinated whole. The heart of such an integrated solution in the world of PLF is the algorithm describing the relation between measured biosignals, animal KIs and the process. These algorithms will be implemented in platforms that can be used at farm level. To validate these algorithms at farm level, the output will be compared with the manual on farm scoring from the gold standard delivered by WP1. Once the algorithms are validated, software will be developed for better management and adaptive control of effectors for animal husbandry. This software will provide information to stockpersons in case of unexpected changes in the measured health or welfare status of the animals (early warning tools). This aspect of integrated solutions is the development of software and advice tools to make PLF available to stockpersons.
3.3 Make PLF a service
The potential of PLF to be used as a service will be investigated by developing business models that are commercially and technically viable for farmers and technology providers. Based on the work carried out in Work Packages 2 and 3 a feasibility study will be conducted with the purpose to compare different business models for the implementation of PLF technologies in animal production systems. A success model will be identified and described that shall be further used in Work Package 5 for training entrepreneurs. For instance, instead of only bringing technical products to the farms, the idea is that PLF also evolves towards a service where high-tech SMEs collaborate with the industrial players and offer consultancy in relation to data management, data use and process optimisation.