Biotech company DanBred has devised an innovative use of assisted reality (AR) to facilitate the remote inspection of pig herds.
The company, based in Ballerup in Denmark, has deployed assisted reality wearables developed by RealWear to meet stringent biosecurity requirements. It said it has achieved this while reducing the amount of travel conducted by its employees and customers, thus contributing to reduced carbon emissions.
DanBred, one of the world’s leading international pig breeding companies, claimed its customers have already seen time savings of up to several days, including the quarantine time for a farm visit. It has approximately 140 employees within Denmark with a network of partners to extend activities to more than 40 countries globally. The company provides its customers with a complete supply chain, including world-class genetics and comprehensive service solutions to ensure a sustainable, high return on investment for pig producers worldwide.
DanBred looked at secure wearable solutions that would enable it to provide customers with virtual access to a farm, negating the need for customers to visit face-to-face, thus dramatically reducing the risk of disease transmission from humans to animals. Customers can display livestock virtually and in real-time so status can be evaluated. The technology will also be used for claims processes and technical support, thanks to the ability to immediately view the animals and the surroundings.
“If there’s an issue in a stable, DanBred can be there straight away without the need to travel, which saves a considerable amount of time,” said Søren S. Thuesen, Head of Solutions & Supply Management from DanBred. “This helps us be more agile from that perspective, while assuring our customers that we can come to their aid very quickly.”