2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Sound Sensor Detects Swine Disease
SoundTalks from Boehringer Ingelheim uses artificial intelligence analysis of more than 350 years (equivalent) of sound recorded in swine barns. The resulting algorithm has been validated in swine barns around the world.
The system has a high sensitivity for detecting early symptoms. Since it’s recording 24 hrs. a day, it can register the intensity of coughing during the resting phase when producers aren’t present.
Designed for plug-and-play in a harsh environment, it’s easy to install and maintain. The system alerts operators with a traffic light system of red/yellow/green LEDs within the barn, as well as by app on a smartphone.
Users note that SoundTalks has indicated disease outbreaks previously undetected. Boehringer Ingelheim’s research has shown the system can detect coughing up to 5 days earlier than by humans alone. This allows earlier treatment and potentially less use of medication with better outcomes.
SoundTalks is currently in use in at least 15 countries on four continents, including the U.S. and Canada. Pricing is available from Boehringer Ingelheim sales representatives.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, 3239 Satellite Blvd. NW, Duluth, Ga. 30096 (ph 800-325-9167; www.bi-animalhealth.com/swine/ihm/soundtalks).
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