IoT Application and Hardware AB is now an Actility Channel Partner

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Actility’s Channel partners program continues growing thanks to the new incorporation of IoT Application and Hardware AB

We are happy to announce thatIoT Application and Hardware AB in Sweden has signed an Enterprise IoT master channel partner agreement with Actility for the countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. 

Up till today more than 35.000 LoRaWAN gateways are connected to the Actility managed networks. IoT application and Hardware AB have created Sensor-Online, a multitenant IoT platform with numerous functions which allow visualization of IoT sensors, including user alarm, management report and many more useful features like rest API with more than 100 endpoints and a payload decoder for more than 70 IoT devices. 

Actility, as one of the LoRa Alliance founding members, has the best performing engineering and technology skills in this area. With this agreement IoT Application and Hardware AB can now help companies to set up and operate private LoRaWAN networks of the highest standards, allowing them to take advantage of all of the LoRaWAN qualities such as its low-power requirements, easy implementation, high scalability, bi-directional communications, firmware over-the-air upgrades and data security.

We are very happy to have a new partner like IoT Application and Hardware AB in Sweden, as this is a market with major opportunities, and which is experimenting very high levels of progress in the IoT field. Together, we will leverage our expertise and support our customers to give each of them the perfect solution to their IoT problems.

Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility

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About IoT Application and Hardware AB 

IoT Application and Hardware AB is an IOT consultancy with 30 years of experience in the automation industry for product sales, installation, programming and support. They offer a wide range of high quality IOT sensors and IOT modules that can be integrated with existing operating monitoring systems (SCADA) or other platforms.  

About Actility 

Actility is a global leader in the IOT LPWA Software and Infrastructure space that is sold to communication service providers and enterprises. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology is a foundational piece of IOT that will bring mass scale adoption of IOT on a global basis. Actility’s mission is to enable the largest private and public LPWA IoT networks in the world and allow device activation and management, as well as data mediation of the IoT sensor data. 

About the LoRa Alliance: 

The LoRa Alliance® is the fastest growing technology alliance. A non-profit association of more than 500 member companies, committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN® open standard. Members benefit from a vibrant ecosystem of active contributors offering solutions, products & services, which create new and sustainable business opportunities. 

Through standardization and the accredited certification scheme the LoRa Alliance® delivers the interoperability needed for LPWA networks to scale, making LoRaWAN® the premier solution for global LPWAN deployments. 

IoT at the service of Spanish hospitals in the fight against COVID-19

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IoT at the service of Spanish hospitals in the fight against COVID-19 with LoRaWAN-connected patient bedside nurse-call buttons

Dealing with increased Covid patients flow, Barcelona hospitals implemented a nurse-call solution using wireless sensors with geolocated buttons from Abeeway, geolocation specialist within the Actility Group, the world leader in IoT LPWAN connectivity solutions, alongside the contribution of technology companies Everynet, for the network infrastructure, Redexia, for the IoT connectivity in Spain,  myDevices, for the software platform, including Semtech, which also contributed along others to cover the costs in order to make the solution free for the hospitals. 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated during March, many hospitals are dealing with an overflow of patients, putting pressure on medical staff working in facilities that are already at capacity, creating a state of medical war zone.  In an initiative to support the Spanish healthcare system with the application of the latest secure wireless network technology – LoRaWAN® – Actility, Everynet and Redexia provided Barcelona hospitals with hundreds of Abeeway IoT devices to endow temporary hospital facilities with geolocated nurse-call buttons, at no charge, in order for patients to be able to notify medical personnel in case of urgent needs.  

As there is no infrastructure in ad-hoc field hospitals, LoRaWAN® is the perfect communication protocol to implement IoT solutions quickly, as it offers excellent penetration through walls and enables seamless indoor and outdoor wireless coverage. The ultra-low power consumption allows the tiny battery powered devices to last for months before requiring a charge. 

Within this consortium of technology partners, local service providers Everynet and Redexia have created the necessary LoRaWAN network for the hospital facilities. Everynet, in particular, has offered its secure wireless data network to the healthcare system for free for the entire duration of the emergency. The myDevices software IoT platform collects and presents the data to healthcare professionals in a clear dashboard and enables real-time nurse-call alerts with the systemRedexia played a vital role to coordinate the integration and deployment logistics and to get this valuable system in to the hands of the healthcare system. Finally, Semtech is the IP owner of the underlying LoRa Technology, and contributed along the others to cover the cost of devices. 

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Together these technology pioneers pooled their resources to endow hospitals Bellvitge, San Pau, Parc Taulí, Germans Trias i Pujol and Del Mar in Barcelona with this important nurse-call solution. As of today, nurse-call buttons were installed directly in each of 750 hospital beds so that patients can notify an emergency at any time

The Abeeway micro-tracker devices were perfect for the purpose, providing an easily actionable button, easy to clean (waterproof) and compact. The button also embeds a Bluetooth scanner which can recognize the bed or surrounding equipment for easy location by hospital personnel, a GPS for outdoor location and as well as temperature sensor. A firmware update will soon enable contact tracing & physical distancing features leveraging the integrated 80dBa speaker.

Considering the devices long battery life, the quick deployment and the long-lasting service life, health structures will not need to worry about maintenance or management of the service, so that doctors and nurses only need to be fully focused on their duties and can promptly help those in need. 

Improving healthcare facilities operations for patients and staff is critical in an effective fight against the spread of Covid-19. With Abeeway devices communicating through LoRaWAN, nurses get real-time information about a patient call for a nurse and the positioning of the patient bed. This enhances overall patient safety and medical staff efficiency and allows to save lives

Olivier Hersent, CEO et Actility.

Abeeway devices are specifically designed to be easily used by people: not only patients, but also the personnel, workers in factories, constructions sites etc.  It is versatile and multi-purpose. The Abeeway Micro Tracker is a multi-mode tracker with embedded geolocation sensors for accurate outdoor and indoor geolocation, leveraging the very low-power LoRaWAN IoT connectivity. The device is also used for Proximity Registration, allowing efficient contact tracing for Covid-19, to maintain a dynamic virtual geofence around an employee at site levelpreventing and warning against proximity.

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We are honored and humbled that we could provide real help in such trying times and we hope our contribution will alleviate some of the burden on overloaded medical staff. We believe that our initiative to deliver our network for free, together with the strong ecosystem of partners that we built together with Redexia, can make a difference
 

says Lawrence Latham, CEO of Everynet

The unprecedented and rapid spread of the coronavirus has created a strain in the healthcare field with the immediate need to expand hospital capacity. myDevices is pleased to contribute to this cause, alongside our partners, by providing the LoRa-enabled technology to empower the solution. The Nurse-Call system effectively alerts medical staff when patients require assistance, essential in preserving patient lives, and the safety of the healthcare staff.

said Kevin Bromber, CEO & Founder of myDevices.

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About Abeeway, an Actility Group company   

Abeeway (www.abeeway.com) is the market leader in low-power indoor & outdoor fused geolocation and a provider of disruptive IoT tracking solutions worldwide. Abeeway offers the most energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart Multi-technology location system optimized for long-range and low-power-consumption leveraging LoRaWAN™ connectivity. Abeeway devices are available on ThingPark Market.  Abeeway is a member of the LoRa Alliance™

About Actility  

Actility (www.actility.com) is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions.ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

About Redexia 

Redexia (www.redexia.com) is the first LoRaWAN™ Network provider to launch services in Spain. Redexia helps companies, integrators, and other operators to take profit from all the advantages of LoRaWAN technology. With expertise than more than 15 years in telecom and infrastructure market, with more than 400 integrators located in Spain, Redexia targets to be the leader in IoT connectivity in Spain.

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About Everynet 

Everynet (www.everynet.com) has pioneered the concept of #BitsBillionsandCents: IoT digital transformation by connecting the most constrained devices at massive scale and for ultra-low cost. Everynet is leading the market with LoRaWAN™ innovation in both its commercial model and platform architecture to power shared infrastructure deployments, enabling a neutral host to build out high-quality infrastructure and leasing wholesale coverage to service providers. A model proven by Everynet’s flagship network: the highest utilized national LoRaWAN network in the world.

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About myDevices  

myDevices, the IoT solutions company, empowers channel and technology partners, and enterprises to quickly deploy and commercialize IoT solutions. The company’s mission is to simplify the connected world by providing tools that enable the creation of device and connectivity agnostic IoT Solutions for healthcare, hospitality, food service, industrial, and other verticals. myDevices is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit www.myDevices.com and www.pushandcall.com

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Optimization of field pasture using IoT is now possible thanks to Farmote Systems and Actility

Optimization of field pasture using IoT is now possible thanks to Farmote Systems and Actility

Farmote is a breakthrough pasture optimization system that combines satellite-based multispectral technology with real-time data from ground Motes. Farmote fused AI engine takes the guesswork out of pasture and grazing management. The devices connect through a pervasive ultra-low-power LoRaWAN® network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark™ industrial LPWAN platform.

Grazing rotation, Fertilizing & Watering: farmers’ daily decisions directly impact yield

Pasture quality and quantity varies by the day according to weather conditions, location, and past use for grazing. As a result, it is difficult for farmers to optimize the location of cattle every day, although this is a key decision which directly influences yield and profitability. This problem is particularly complex in New Zealand where farms can extend over 300 square miles, and optimization of productivity per unit of surface has been a priority topic for agriculture research.

Farmote Systems, a Smart Agriculture company based in New Zealand with ongoing deployments in many regions of the world (New Zealand, Australia and Europe), has allowed farmers to solve this problem by monitoring the amount of existing pasture on their farms and optimizing grazing management to maximize the profitability of the input invested in their farms.

This is all possible through Motes. These IoT devices embed laser sensors that evaluate the quantity and moisture of pasture daily. This is achieved by processing raw laser data through AI algorithms to derive pasture quality metrics which are directly usable by farmers.

Less effort for farmers, but increased profits  

The Motes communicate through a wireless network leveraging LoRaWAN® technology. The ThingPark® industrial network system dynamically optimizes LoRaWAN® transmission parameters and fully leverages macro-diversity over the farming area to provide robust data collection. All wireless base stations, each with a range up to 15km, collaborate to provide seamless indoor and outdoor coverage across the farming domain.

The Farmote application converts data collected from Motes into daily grass height estimates and quantity of pasture per unit of surface. Leveraging this essential metric, the system can recommend optimal cattle location every day. The value provided by Farmote AI does not stop at daily cattle dispatching but also takes a forward-looking approach to yield optimization. By analyzing historical grass growth trends, and combining with automated satellite image analysis, the system also provides recommendations as to when and how much to fertilize each area and also provides diagnostics for some cattle distress situations.

Farmote Systems helps farmers to increase productivity and drive profitability by making farms more efficient and effective. Making the correct decisions at the right time is crucial – the Farmote System provides precise pasture data and automated cattle location and fertilizing recommendations, allowing farmers to make the best decisions at every moment.

Integrated IoT technology accelerating time to market  

Motes are unique on the market, as no other wireless IoT devices are designed to stay permanently on the field gathering continuous pasture quality information.

In order to fully package the solution and streamline deployment of Low-Power WAN networks, Farmote turned to Actility and signed for the ThingPark Embedded program, allowing solution providers to embed Actility’s industrial LPWAN network management technology -trusted by over 50 public LPWAN networks worldwide- into their vertical products and deploy anywhere their business requires. This way Farmote can deploy on-demand private LoRaWAN® networks, or leverage public LoRaWAN networks through the Actility ThingPark Exchange roaming and peering hub. ThingPark Embedded has a flexible pricing model aligning to the needs of solution providers and its all-inclusive licensing allows hassle-free adaptation to the requirements of each field deployment.

“We chose Actility’s ThingPark Embedded offer because it facilitates our business model. It offers industrial stability and allows us to save time and have lower engineering costs, we also liked the alignment of pricing structure with our business model and level of IoT expertise with local support in many countries… all much needed for our global expansion”

says Richard Barton
Founder & Managing Director at Farmote Systems.

 

“We are happy to support Farmote in their go to market by facilitating LPWAN network deployments. Farmote fused AI approach combining ground data collected by wireless Motes and satellite image analysis brings powerful quantitative optimization technology at the service of farmers. This is all about making it robust and simple to use, and ThingPark Embedded helps ensuring stable daily pasture measurements”
 

said Olivier Hersent
Actility’s CEO.

About Actility:

Actility is a world leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.

About Farmote:

Farmote is a company founded in New Zealand in 2016, which offers a smart, innovative pasture monitoring system that combines satellite-based multispectral technology with accurate on-ground Motes to take the guesswork out of pasture and grazing management.

Farmote covers all the stages of the deployment of its solution to look beyond the complexity of data and focus on the useful insights offered by their system. It is mainly intended for farmers who are looking to optimize their resources.

Nordic specialist distributor Connego Oy partners with Actility to offer end-to-end predictive maintenance solutions

Nordic specialist distributor Connego Oy partners with Actility to offer end-to-end predictive maintenance solutions

Connego Oy Ltd, a Nordic distribution company which provides wireless solutions for corporate markets, announces its partnership with Actility. This partnership offers Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform and dashboards for corporate customers in its region and Connego’s AI Sensors. By combining technology from both companies, Actility’s ThingPark and Connego’s AI Sensors, the partnership offers the possibility of turnkey end-to-end secured predictive maintenance solutions

An unexcelled combination which targets the optimization of industrial processes 

Connego’s focus nowadays is on providing professional IIoT/IoT end-to-end solutions. They are targeting a predictive maintenance for industrial electric motors, which is based on artificial intelligence. Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform allows to gather, analyze, and transform raw data into insights to optimize industrial processes. Also offering two operational models, granting the opportunity to use it as as SaaS or in the company’s own premises.  

Connego has researched markets for reliable solutions for a couple of years, since their corporate customers operate in service, industrial, smart building, and infrastructure sectors, and has found in Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise the solution which meets the demanding requirements. Actility’s investors, which are giant companies like CiscoOrange and KPN, also operate in the same genre of markets with a broad presence, which provides reliability and long-term resourcesConnego’s long experience in providing IIoT/IoT end-to-end solutions, makes this partnership hugely beneficial for both companies and their clients. 

Connego’s priority in IoT technology is LoRaWAN because of its low-power requirements, easy implementation, high scalability, bi-directional communications, firmware over-the-air upgrades and data security. LoRaWAN’s flexibility and unique technology allows IoT platforms and sensors to be used in public areas and in customers own private networks.  

Actility, on its side, is one of the founding members of LoRa Alliance, and therefore, has the best performing engineering and technology skills in this area and a good overview of IoT markets.

“The leading IoT technology which comes from Connego’s and Actility’s partnership allows corporate customers to modernize their business processes in a whole new way.”
 
Matti OnnelainenConnego Managing Director 

We are happy to have a new partner like Connego in Finland, where the IoT market sees major progress and the opportunities are endless, especially in the industrial field. Together, we accelerate the IoT adoption and solutions creation
says 
Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility

Connego  has also launched a predictive maintenance IoT solution to industrial markets in Finland.  A turnkey Artificial Intelligence solution, based on Eolane LoRaWAN Bob sensor, that analyses machine behavior and alerts on possible failures in real-time on a single centric plant operation at effective and user-friendly dashboard. Measuring machines and equipment vibrations frequencies, it enables detecting any anomalous equipment behavior, thereby predicting their possible failures. It reduces downtime, improves reliability, and safety of customers assets. 

About Actility: 

Actility is a world leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable, and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

About Connego: 

Connego is a distributing company for IoT products and solutions operating through LoRaWAN, SigFox and NBToT networks, with decades of experience in distributing mobile and wireless technology solutions for various demanding business segments. Connego focuses on artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, enterprise platforms, dashboards and multi technology for assets, people and vehicle tracking and other IoT sensors and their selected vendors are global leading manufacturers in the IoT business. 

Taking care of cattle with unprecedented benefits using IoT, thanks to Cattle-Watch and Actility.

Taking care of cattle with unprecedented benefits using IoT, thanks to Cattle-Watch and Actility.

CattleWatch is an AI Remote monitoring system based on electronics collars which provides farmers with comprehensive behavioral analysis and alerts, including activity, theft alert, Geo fence, herd counting, Bull performance, calve delivery and cattle location. The system increases profits through increased calving yields as well as reducing losses, allowing farmers to focus on more valueadded tasks. CattleWatch devices communicate using an ultra-low-power LoRaWAN® network communicating with the electronic collarspowered by Actility’s ThingPark™ industrial LPWAN platform.

Cattle-Watch pervasive AI leveraging Actility ThingPark® improves cattle health, increases calving & profitability 

Many areas around the globe are struggling with calving yield. Farmers have been seeking ways to increase the number of calves and as a result, increase their revenue.  

Cattle-Watch, a Smart Agriculture company founded in 2013 in Israel with ongoing projects in Europe, Pacific, Africa and South America, identified these needs and focused on the biological status of the cows, realizing that when behavioral habits of the cattle are optimized, the biological status increases and the number of calves peaks. 

Cattle-Watch created a system which tracks cattle every 10 to 20 minutes to identify these behavioral habits. After analyzing them through an Artificial Intelligence system, Cattle-Watch is able to detect possible illnesses, attacks, thefts, etc. This information enables farmers to reduce losses and improve calving. 

Real-time cattle location and herd counting helps fight theft and recover lost cattle. After the AI system has raised an alert, Cattle-Watch sends drones, pre-positioned on each farm, to the area of distress and get real time images of what is happening, helping farmers take real-time decisions, saving time and resources. These drones can also be controlled by the farmer at any moment from any smartphone, computer or tablet.

ThingPark® industrial LoRaWAN® technology provides pervasive real-time data collection with no dead zones.  

Collars are placed on each animal and fitted with a purpose-built LoRaWAN® sensor including motion sensing, body temperature measurement and tracking functions. The trackers have edge intelligence optimizing data transmission based on flexible triggers, and typically provide over a year of battery lifetime. The collected data and alert triggers are transmitted in real time to the Cattle-Watch AI system through the ThingPark® LoRaWAN® network, and up-to-date behavioral analysis is continuously made available by Cattle-Watch to farmers. The AI system can also tune edge sensor triggers and other settings without requiring any physical manipulation, as the LoRaWAN® network is bidirectional. 

The LoRaWAN® technology is extremely low power, allowing years of battery autonomy. The ThingPark® industrial network system dynamically optimizes transmission parameters and fully leverages macro-diversity over the farming area to provide robust data collection even in metal buildings and other difficult spotsAll wireless base stations, each with a range up to 15km, collaborate to provide seamless indoor and outdoor coverage across the farming domain. The system blends long range connectivity from ground base stations with satellite connectivity to ensure connection even in the most remote areas of the world. Many of Cattle-Watch equipped farms are located in remote locations, e.g. in Africa, not covered by any public communication network.   

In order to fully package the solution and streamline deployment of Low-Power WAN networks, Cattle-Watch has joined with Actility’s ThingPark Embedded program, where solution providers embed Actility’s industrial LPWAN network management technology,  -trusted by over 50 public LPWAN networks worldwide, into their vertical products and deploy anywhere their business requires. This way Cattle-Watch can deploy on-demand private LoRaWAN® networks, or leverage public LoRaWAN networks through the Actility ThingPark Exchange roaming and peering hub. ThingPark Embedded has a flexible pricing model aligning to the needs of solution providers and its all-inclusive licensing allows hassle-free adaptation to the requirements of each field deployment.

We chose Actility because we needed an easy solution which had a fully integrated offer. Their team provided us with many facilities and local supportalso offering us a pricing structure that adjusted to our pricing-per-collar model and made it very easy to work with them

Ilan Arbel, CEO of Cattle-Watch

Animal behavior tracked to increase profits 

The use of these trackers, combined with LoRaWAN® technology opens a wide range of possibilities, especially to increase production and revenues. In areas affected by livestock shortages, being able to monitor cattle, allows farmers not only to react quickly to unusual events, but also to prevent these problems and to make the best possible use of their investments.

“The Cattle-Watch offer is unique on the market, with its ability to be deployed anywhere leveraging LoRaWAN® and satellite technology and AI technology backed by automated drone control to always keep the farmer at the center of each decision. We are happy to serve Cattle-Watch global go-to-market strategy by leveraging Actility’s ThingPark industrial LPWAN platform, available worldwide as hosted service or on-premise”
 

Olivier Hersent – CEO & CTO, Actility

Making cattle’s welfare a priority 

Cattle-Watch is currently participating in a H2020 project, ClearFarm, funded by the European Commission. This project aims to improve the welfare of pig and dairy cattle on production farms. Together with the Actility’s communication network, Cattle-Watch is collaborated with the project partners to design a software platform which will provide animal welfare information collected by sensors to farmers, to help them optimize their production processes and provide customers more information on the background of the animals producing the products they consume. 

This project not only involves farmers and consumers, but also regulators and policy makers who will benefit from all the information given by the platform. This offers the opportunity to guarantee animal’s well-being while helping to contribute to sustainable pig and cattle production. 

About Actility: 

Actility is a world leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable, and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary AbeewayThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases. 

About Cattle-Watch: 

Cattle-Watch is a company founded in 2013, which offers tracking solutions for cattle in order to monetarize their behavior and gather conclusions from it. These conclusions allow farmers to prevent problems which might be affecting their cattle development and, in consequence, their farm’s revenue. 

About ClearFarm: 

ClearFarm is an H2020 EU project aimed at creating a platform aimed to control animal welfare in pig and dairy cattle farming. The project will use precision livestock farming technology (PLF) and integration of animal-based data to enable improved animal welfare across the entire production chain. This will contribute to improved sustainable pig and dairy cattle production, the two livestock production systems with the highest shares of livestock products in Europe. It will co-design, develop and validate a platform that will inform both farmers and consumers to assist their decision-making.