Sensor for Real-Time Animal Condition and Movement Monitoring

Altynay Kaidarova, Muhammad Akram Karimi, Selma Amara, Atif Shamim, Nathan Geraldi, Carlos M. Duarte, Jürgen Kosel

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A flexible, lightweight and minimally intrusive monitoring system has been developed to assess animals' behavioral responses. The system consists of wearable composite magnets and magnetic sensors integrated into a miniaturized wireless communication module with a flexible battery. The shape and size of the NdFeB-PDMS composite magnets are highly versatile, while the magnetic and mechanical properties can be tailored within a wide range by the powder concentration. The magnetic field of the composite magnet is sensed by a 3-axial magnetic sensor, and the measured data is wirelessly transmitted using Bluetooth low energy communication standard to a smartphone and dashboard. To withstand corrosive environments and enhance the durability the composite magnets are coated with 2 μm of Parylene C, while surface passivation of the wireless module is achieved with 5 μm of Parylene C. The system has been implemented for real-time monitoring of crabs, giant turtles, and giant clams, indicating its potential for novel and affordable animal monitoring applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE SENSORS
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781538647073
StatePublished - Jan 18 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This research is a contribution to the CAASE project funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the KAUST Sensor Initiative. We thank the Oceanografic, Valencia, and their staff for invaluable help while conducting this research.


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