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Yingzi launches facial recognition technology in pigs

The Chinese company Yingzi has launched its technology for facial recognition of pigs.

In a live connection, the press was invited to attend how a company employee scanned a pig head with an app on his mobile phone. As soon as the animal was recognised, all data were shown on screen.

The facial recognition tool was launched at a press conference in Guangzhou, China. Photo: Henk Riswick
The facial recognition tool was launched at a press conference in Guangzhou, China. Photo: Henk Riswick

Technology useful for breeding, feeding, health

The technology is useful for breeding purposes, as well as feeding, pig house climate, management and animal health purposes. Especially on the basis of a deviating bodily temperature, an animal with health problems can be noticed quicker and a treatment can be started sooner.

At the press conference in Guangzhou, China, Yingzi confirmed that the development of the product hasn’t been finished yet at this stage. The scanning process of the pig’s head needs improvement; and it isn’t yet possible to identify entire groups. The company is working on this. Nevertheless, the Chinese company is convinced that its Big Data technology will lead to a revolution in pig production.

Yingzi confirmed at the press conference that the product still needs further development. Photo: Henk Riswick
Yingzi confirmed at the press conference that the product still needs further development. Photo: Henk Riswick

Alibaba platform used for facial recognition

Pig production company Yangxiang, which has about 90,000 sows, is an important client of Yingzi. For this technology, Yingzi uses the Alibaba platform. This Web giant owns a basis concept, which is used by Yingzi for specific goals.

Under trial conditions, the accuracy of the system is 98% with sows and 85% with finisher pigs.

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