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RFID celebrates 10 years of applied research at SAIT

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It’s been 10 years since SAIT’s Centre for Innovative Information Technology Solution (CIITS) established what would become an industry-leader in advanced RFID applications for livestock. Applied Research Chair for RFID Application Development, Glen Kathler, has been on the team since its inception.

The proverbial jewel in Kathler’s crown is the research and development of a combination ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID-DNA tag for management of cattle. The project earned him an Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Award in 2015 for innovation in agriculture.

As development of the product continues, testing is now underway for use of UHF transmitters in conjunction with drone technology for automated information and herd tracking.  One of the advantages of UHF technology is that it can read up to 500 tags per second.

Kathler’s work in RFID Application Development was recently covered by national livestock industry publication, Canadian Cattlemen.

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