How close do I have to be to the animal to read the tag?
The tag can be read up to 500 feet away. The reader unit can be set
for close reading (6 feet or less) when you have to read one animal
only or set to full range for herd reading.
How much are the tags?
Projected cost is .25 per unit per month. This includes your web site
interface and read/write access to your databases.
How much are the readers?
AgDataOne uses a number of different Java equipped cell based communication
devices. The cost varies from free (with some cell providers) to upwards
of 300.00 for advanced communication units.
Who can see my information?
You. Nobody else has access to your data. The only information that
is normally available to an outside agency is the animal ID number and
the location history. You control what additional information that you
wish to be seen.
For instance, if the USDA finds a animal with a problem such as BSE,
they will read the tag and the location history will shown. If this
animal is yours, the AD1/LiveTrack™ system will notify you of
this inquiry and you will make contact with the USDA personnel making
the inquiry. It is then your choice to determine access levels that
How does the information get into your databases?
After you have read the tags and have input any field data of your choice,
you just enter your numerical code and the upload of information into
your web area on the AgDataOne/Livetrack™ servers is automatic.
(Note: If you are outside of cell coverage at that time the info will
stay on your communication device until you are once again within cell
What software do I have to buy and how much is it?
There is no software to buy. As long as you have web browser such as
Internet Explorer, you can access your data. The system is web based
and all software is housed on AgDataOne servers.
What information is gathered when I read my tags?
The ID number of the animal is automatically recorded at the time of
tag read. (Note: with some communication devices its GPS location is
also read) You can input any number of operations at the time of tag
read such as: feed amounts, supplement amounts, etc. This information
is then incorporated into your Database when you upload the data to
the AD1 servers.
Do I have to know any computer programming?
No. Even the setup of your web interface and your personal web site
is just plain english. You fill out a few forms online, establish a
user name and password and click submit. Your web site and database
is automatically created for you. You can use your web site to promote
your business, provide contact information for buyers, or you may have
it completely private and hidden.
How many animals can you read at one time?
However many that are within 500 feet of you and the reader. AgDataOne
uses anti-collision software to only read each tag one time in a given
timeframe. If you need to read an individual animal after the herd read
event, you will have to enter a range select code and a repeat animal
read code to read the individual.
How long do the tags last?
The tags will read at full range for 5 years minimum. After that time,
the tags will start to lose range and eventually need to be replaced.
What information is available to the USDA? Or others?
The only information that is normally available to an outside agency
is the animal ID number and the location history. You control what information
that you wish to be seen.
Is My information secure?
Yes. Access to your information is by secure sockets layer,
encrypted password protocols. (The same technology that banks use to
insure data privacy online.) If you give your password to someone else
then they can access this data. We recommend that you keep this information
Do I have to enter the time and place each time I read my herd?
If you opt for one of the free communication devices the location will
have to be entered manually. For any of the minor upgrade units the
GPS coordinates and time are recorded automatically.
Are there any considerations regarding equipment and bad weather?
The only consideration would be during electrical storms. Lighting could
upset the signals and cause misreads. (Meaning no reads,) The AgDataOne
systems operate down to –40 degrees and up to 150 degrees.
How long does it take to get the system up and going?
It takes about 10 minutes to complete the online web access
setup for your site and Data. The tags are ready and operating when
you receive them. All that you have to do is put them on the animals
and read them. Then upload the data. You are now up and running.
What is involved in training employees to use equipment?
As there is no programming involved, any level of employee
can read the tags and input data with very little training. Most operation
items are pre-programmed into the AD! communication device software.
All that personnel have to do is pick a operation from a list at the
time of animal read. This information is then recorded and ready to
update the main databases at the end of the day. Once again, all that
needs to be done to update the databases is to enter a few numbers on
your communication device and the information is automatically sent
to the AgDataOne/LiveTrack™ servers.
What happens if the cow knocks off the tag?
From our experience, tags are pretty secure when placed correctly
in the ear. However, if you find one missing, you just take a reading
of your herd and the ID number that is missing will be the tag that
needs replacing. You will have to do a manual update of this animal
into the database. You only will need to access your site and input
the new number and why this replacement is being made.
Will the microwave tower next door affect the tag?
No. The tags are FFC approved and use a different frequency then the
towers use for telecommunications.
If the cow lays down in muck and it coats the tag, will it still work?
Yes, dirt and mud will have little effect on the tag.
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