Cloud-based data management system for automatic real-time data acquisition from large-scale laying-hen farms
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: Management of poultry farms in China mostly relies on manual labor. Since such a large amount of valuable data for the production process either are saved incomplete or saved only as paper documents, making it very difficult for data retrieve, processing and analysis. An integrated cloud-based data management system (CDMS) was proposed in this study, in which the asynchronous data transmission, distributed file system, and wireless network technology were used for information collection, management and sharing in large-scale egg production. The cloud-based platform can provide information technology infrastructures for different farms. The CDMS can also allocate the computing resources and storage space based on demand. A real-time data acquisition software was developed, which allowed farm management staff to submit reports through website or smartphone, enabled digitization of production data. The use of asynchronous transfer in the system can avoid potential data loss during the transmission between farms and the remote cloud data center. All the valid historical data of poultry farms can be stored to the remote cloud data center, and then eliminates the need for large server clusters on the farms. Users with proper identification can access the online data portal of the system through a browser or an APP from anywhere worldwide.
This article is from International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 9 (2016): 106-115, doi:10.3965/j.ijabe.20160904.2488. Posted with permission.