Boosting cows health and well-being

What they say about us

RESULT

+ 1
Million

Cows living in better
conditions
Highlights
Near real time data processing | IoT integration
Project goal
Launch and improve cloud-based software for animal well-being management with strong UX/UI focus
Technologies
React | React Native | Django | Kafka Streams | Timescale

RESULT

+1 million

Cows living in better conditions

Project goal

Launch and improve cloud-based software for animal well-being management with strong UX/UI focus

Technologies

React | React Native | Django | Kafka Streams | Timescale

Highlights

Near real time data processing | IoT integration

RESULTS

+1 millon

Cows living in better conditions
Project goal

Launch and improve cloud-based software for animal well-being management with strong UX/UI focus

Highlights

Near real time data processing | IoT integration

Technologies

React | React Native | Django | Kafka Streams | Timescale

VES-Artex provides technology for efficient dairy farming

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VES-Artex provides technology for efficient dairy farming

Its mission is to create animal-centered environments by designing and engineering systems that include fans, cooling devices, lighting, and more. VES-Artex prioritizes animal well-being, leading to better production results for dairy owners.

In 2020, part of VES-Artex was acquired by Turntide Technologies, known for its innovative motor technology and financed by companies like Amazon and BMW.

User research  Systems implemented in 30+ countries
User research  More than 350 facilities worldwide
User research  Over 1 million cows impacted

A software that helps dairy managers “put the cow first”

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A software that helps dairy managers “put the cow first”

VES-Artex uses three main systems to create optimal animal-centered environments and perfect barn conditions:

User research  Strategic ventilation that regulates air flow and reduces heat stress, diseases and pests
User research  Cooling system to keep animals comfortable in any climate
User research  Extended day lighting all year long

Besides installing sensors and physical devices, VES-Artex provides dairies with software to control and monitor all systems. When their executive team decided to create a digital product totally focused on their industry’s needs, they reached out to us.

We designed and launched their star platform, DairyBOS, in six months. Since then, we continue to collaborate in order to improve this unique application in the dairy segment and build new digital products.

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Farmers in total control of the barn with a single application

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Farmers in total control of the barn with a single application

DairyBOS users are always aware of the barn conditions, and maintain intelligent control of air, light and temperature from a single interface, saving on time and resources.

The app was designed to appeal to everyone on the farm, from the owner who needs visibility of all buildings to the workers performing daily tasks.

How it works

Implementation
The VES-Artex implementation team works together with dairy staff to set goals and connect the IoT devices to DairyBOS.
Connect
It’s possible to connect one or more buildings and easily access different farms and facilities.
Monitor
After the setup, users are able to monitor temperature, humidity and others, as well as check market information and weather conditions.
Make adjustments
They can make adjustments and set alerts to notify employees if something is not working properly.
Reports
Users can generate reports and compare metrics over time, as well as assign roles and responsibilities.
Implementation

The VES-Artex implementation team works together with dairy staff to set goals and connect the IoT devices to DairyBOS.

Connect

It’s possible to connect one or more buildings and easily access different farms and facilities.

Monitor

After the setup, users are able to monitor temperature, humidity and others, as well as check market information and weather conditions.

Make adjustments

They can make adjustments and set alerts to notify employees if something is not working properly.

Reports

Users can generate reports and compare metrics over time, as well as assign roles and responsibilities.

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Mobile-first software powered by data

DairyBOS is a responsive web platform that can be accessed from any device. It can also be integrated to other systems other than VES-Artex equipment. This tool directly impacts barns’ productivity levels, while overall expenses and maintenance costs decrease. Happy clients have already reported gains in milk production and animal health.

To be able to show users a different set of metrics on the barns’ conditions and animal well-being, DairyBOS integrates with third-party providers such as:

User research Vyla, another development partner of Octobot, for milk production numbers and animal feeding information.
User research Bovisync, for calculating the number of animals in the facilities.User research Allflex, to obtain information about the air conditions inside the barn, such as air flow and volume.
User research Cynomys, to add additional sensors within a building and track more metrics.

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A full team dedicated to researching, discussing, and building the best tool

A full team dedicated to researching, discussing, and building the best tool

Our DairyBOS team is composed of software engineers, designers, and QA testers totally dedicated to identifying improvement opportunities. For the app's first development phase, our devs explored the best options for gathering and processing high volume streams of data and presenting it in an efficient way.

We opted for time series databases and stream processing solutions so DairyBOS could compute data as it is received from devices at the barn. It was also important to establish a solid infrastructure to manage these complex services and the database.

Our team immersed themselves in the special segment of VES-Artex, a mix between industrial equipment and dairy management. Qualitative research combined with fluid communication with VES experts, technicians and veterinarians was essential.

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This is how we
engaged

Discovery
We kicked off with a Discovery phase to analyze VES-Artex expectations and needs while comparing it to similar solutions in the dairy industry and other smart apps.
Research
We conducted business and product research to gain a deeper understanding of users, from VES-Artex employees to farmers and the barn staff.
Wireframes
We prioritized functionalities with an MVP and started sketching wireframes.​
Implementation
After a round of testing and some iterations, we moved forward with the Design System creation to fuel the iterative design and development phase.
Discovery

We kicked off with a Discovery phase to analyze VES-Artex expectations and needs while comparing it to similar solutions in the dairy industry and other smart apps.

Research

We conducted business and product research to gain a deeper understanding of users, from VES-Artex employees to farmers and the barn staff.

Wireframes

We prioritized functionalities with an MVP and started sketching wireframes.

Implementation

After a round of testing and some iterations, we moved forward with the Design System creation to fuel the iterative design and development phase.

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Latest improvements: better data sources and enhanced usability

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Latest improvements: better data sources and enhanced usability

Since DairyBos launch in November 2020, we’ve been working on enhancements to complement VES-Artex’s services offered to dairies, such as the aforementioned integrations with third-party platforms, implementing a 2D view of barns to easily identify the devices’ location, and reaching a total of 10 available languages.

In the last months our designers have focused on conducting Design Reviews to get a better understanding of the product and identify opportunities to improve usability and make users’ experiences even smoother. We’ve improved the app following Usability Heuristic principles, focusing on user control and freedom, and consistency and standards. We’ve also involved other known usability guidelines, principles of usability-related fields such as cognitive psychology and human-computer interaction.

On the development side, we’re working on a new integration with Riptide, another company recently acquired by Turntide. This integration will lift the DairyBOS data consumption process and also automate the initial setup of new buildings. In addition, we’re developing a mobile product called DairyBOS Local, a lighter version of the platform that will be used by the dairy workers on their daily routine. This new product doesn’t depend on internet access to work, making it easier for farmers to check out metrics and adjust VES-Artex systems whenever needed.

If you’d like to know more about our experience building dairy apps, take a look at this blog post and download our free ebook “Your Dairy App Checklist”.

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