Ireland develops smart biometrics for animal ID

Gerard Corkery, Ultan McCarthy, Kevin McDonnell, Shane Ward

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The Smart Systems Unit (SSU) in the School of Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, has applied a variety of technologies to capture three different biometrics, facial recognition, muzzle patterns, and the patterns of retinal blood vessels for animal ID. Facial recognition is based on the location and shape of facial attributes, such as eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, and chin, as well as their spatial relationships. Muzzle pattern technology uses the muzzles of bovine animals. They have developed specific coding to identify bovine animals through their unique muzzle patterns by analysis of the pattern's beads and ridges. Retinal recognition technology works by capturing near-infrared digital images of the vascular patterns of the retina. Another of their research projects involves providing tamper-proof traceability and food security from a poultry processing plant through to the consumer using smartphone technology, smart RFIDs, and decision support systems based on cloud computing.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


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