Students create a calving alarm

Published 04/12/2013 | 05:44

AVONDALE Community College students David Fleming and Conor Windsor were among the award winners at a prestigious Science competition.

The Wicklow students received an Excellence in Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) award at the SciFest@SFI Discover competition held at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.

Conor and David created a calving alarm, an automated system alerting a farmer when a cow goes into labour. The purpose of the device is to alleviate the problem of the farmer having to spend hours monitoring the animal. The device is based on a sound level meter and when the noise level in the shed reaches 80 dB, the level produced by a cow in labour, a signal is transmitted to an automated calling system in the calving alarm that alerts the farmer.

The pair secured their place at the National Final by winning the top prize at the regional SciFest@College event in IT Carlow in May for their development of a calving alarm system.

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