Horses get RFID chipped
TechWeb | April 5, 2005
No one can talk to a horse , of course, but a New York state department intends to use donated microchips to help "communicate" the identity, health and whereabouts of horses to protect the state's equine population.
Digital Angel Corporation announced this week that it is providing 500 proprietary Bio-Thermo (temperature-sensing) implantable RFID microchips to the New York State Department of Agriculture's Horse Health Assurance Program. The chips will help launch a voluntary state program designed to monitor infectious diseases and prevent animal theft.
The Bio-Thermo microchips can be scanned by handheld RFID readers that will be provided by the state's Department of Agriculture to equine operations that become certified under the New York Horse Health Assurance Program.
"This is the first introduction of the next generation identification chip in the equine market," Kevin McGrath, Digital Angel CEO, said in a statement.
Digital Angel is majority-owned by Applied Digital. Digital Angel develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high-value assets.