Raising the bar of ethical farming, startup offers ‘disruptive’ agritech

There have been necklace and ear-clip type livestock health monitoring devices, but uLikeKorea’s is the first that goes inside a cow’s body. 

Kim, who has a doctorate in computer engineering from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, founded uLikeKorea with her husband in 2012. In the initial phase, uLikeKorea experimented with plastic cylindrical containers before successfully developing and launching the biofriendly sugarcane capsule 12 centimeters in length and 2.5 centimeters in diameter.

Kim said the internet of things device inside the capsule measures the biometric data of a cow over 300 times a day and relays that in real time to a farmer’s computer or mobile app through its partner, SK Telecom’s wireless network.

As of July, uLikeKorea has amassed 500 million biometric data points from the more than 20,000 cattle fitted with LiveCare. Those data points have been analyzed by artificial intelligence software to create markers for some 40 types of livestock diseases including foot-and-mouth disease, sepsis and mastitis.

Kim vouched for 98 percent accuracy of the diagnosis given by uLikeKorea’s artificial intelligence program.

The LiveCare’s battery life is good to cover a cattle’s life span of three to five years, according to the firm.

With SoftBank, uLikeKorea expects to give LiveCare to some 100,000 cows in Australia within 2019. Kim anticipated that the deal in with Australia could grow to cover the neighboring New Zealand market.

Apart from the Australian market, uLikeKorea is catering to Japanese wagyu beef farms in Hokkaido, Japan. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Danish government in September 2018, and is preparing to establish an EU headquarters that will target business in 17 European nations.

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