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Connected Cows in the Cloud

March 9, 2015

A dairy farm is one of the last places you might expect to find the Industrial Internet. But when Chitale Dairy wanted to improve their milk production, they turned to IIoT technology from Dell.

A dairy farm is one of the last places you might expect to find the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT technology seems right at home on an aircraft assembly floor or monitoring a remote oil wellhead, but state-of-the-art IIoT technology just doesn’t seem to fit in with a jostling and mooing herd of cows.

But when Chitale Dairy in Bhilawadi, India, wanted a high-speed, highly available network that could support a massive growth in operations and the automation of its milk production process, the IIoT technology is exactly what was needed.

Despite India producing a large percentage of the world’s milk supply, its milk yield per animal is lower than that of other countries. By working with Dell to implement an end-to-end “cows-to-cloud” strategy, Chitale Dairy has transformed their dairy operations and now has a complete system that monitors the feeding and breeding of all their animals.

Vishvas Chitale, Director, Chitale Dairy, explains, “By automating the collection of data from each farm, we have improved animal health, leading to increased milk yield per animal.”

Now, farmers can use their mobile phones to pull up information on each animal, and use this to better treat each individual cow. The company has also streamlined the efficiency of their distribution channels for faster delivery of milk products to consumers.

Dell provides the details of the Chitale Dairy installation, including products and services used, in their case study,  “Dairy farming in India goes from cows to cloud with technology.” You can find more IIoT case studies and white papers in the Smart Industry Content Library