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Developing a Smart Dog Collar for Enhanced Canine Welfare

Haverkämper, M. (2023) Developing a Smart Dog Collar for Enhanced Canine Welfare.

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Abstract:Applying technology for monitoring and tracking is not only integrated into many products and part of numerous research but can also increase the welfare of living beings. This study aims to develop the hardware for a Smart Dog Collar which creates a minimum intrusiveness to the dog while offering meaningful functionality like vital and environmental data recording to increase canine welfare. Through a combination of background research, ideation, prototyping, and evaluation, the study explores the considerations and constraints associated with the development of such a smart collar. A concept is described which includes location tracking, ambient temperature measurement, physical activity tracking and heart rate measurement. This concept is taken into a partly functional prototype which can measure the environment temperature, utilizes GPS for location tracking and an inertial measurement (IMU) for physical activity tracking while still being small and lightweight. Additionally, the heart rate recording through a PPG sensor was being implemented into the prototype which showed that this type of sensor is not accurate when measuring at the dog’s neck. The challenge for the design was the fitting of all hardware in a small casing that can be part of a collar which is not annoying or intrusive to the dog while it is wearing it. By setting up the appropriate specifications, selecting the most suitable hardware and designing the housing precisely, this challenge was overcome. This work contributes to the development of smart dog collars by prioritizing animal intrusiveness, comfort, and effectiveness of the monitoring and tracking features. By addressing the identified limitations and optimizing the collar design, this research can contribute to the development of a Smart Dog Collar that improves the welfare of dogs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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