20 min. talk
One of the most tangible, and tangibly valuable applications of connected devices is in agriculture and farming. This talk will share practical insights from a smart dairy system project… the Internet of Cows (IoC?).
Dairy farming faces increasing problems and opportunities on issues such as commercial viability, the treatment of animals and environmental stewardship. A smart dairy system could be the way forward for the dairy farmers, as it does for other industries. But what exactly is to gain or lose when implementing these systems? And what are the issues regarding the design of such a system?
In this talk, I will describe client work involving the research into the viability of a smart dairy system. A smart dairy system involves attaching sensors to animals and installing sensors in barns and milk equipment. Together these sensors provide input on the main areas of interest for dairy farmers:
On-site concept testing proved dairy farmers regarded insights into each of these areas in an integrated task-based user interface as very useful. There was however a technical challenge to reach the same level of reliability in insights for all the topics. False positives, unsound advice and sensor hiccups were obstacles in creating a holistic and trustworthy system. From a business point of view, these hurdles meant constant adjustment of goals and scope as each iteration of the concept seemed to open up another rabbit hole of complexity. In living things such as cows, it seems everything is interrelated. The takeaway that applies to both the Internet of Cows and Things is that more sensors and more data influence and even limit the design of the product and user interface.
Sketch by Nádia Ferreira
Bart Hilhorst is a customer experience consultant at User Intelligence in Amsterdam and has a background in user-centered interaction design. He likes to wrap his head around what people do and say when using all sorts of stuff. Then, he creates new business concepts with elegance for users and value for business in mind. Oh, and Bart likes animated gifs, awkward handshakes and bitterballen.
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