SmartGuard provides the technologies necessary to automate and augment farrowing management, allowing for reduced labor and energy costs as well as sow and piglet mortalities. This is accomplished by leveraging voice recognition and smart cameras.
SmartGuard has been proven to reduce piglet crushing by 30% and overall piglet mortalities by 25.3% on a large commercial sow farm in Iowa.
Brett Ramirez, Iowa State University engineering professor on the panel, asked Matthew Rooda, SwineTech CEO and president, about the system's accuracy "if you had to look at a confusion matrix of false positives, true negatives, et cetera, what does that look like?"
"So we're right around the 97.3% on true positive," Rooda said. "Our false positive rate ends up being around 7.1%. We look at that, but we also don't want false negatives either. And so that's been a big part of our overall goals as well."
Producers chose SmartGuard to be this year's Producers' Choice award winner through online voting.
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