27 February 2023

The 4YFN starts with the presence of the CowTalkPro project, developed by researchers from La Salle-URL

The project, which works for the welfare of animals, will be present at the fair at a stand of the startup AWEC

Between February 27 and March 2, a new edition of 4 Years From Now (4YFN) is held at the Fira de Barcelona, ​​the great startup event linked to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the most influential in the world. La Salle-URL participates through the CowtalkPro project that researchers are developing together with the startup Animal Welfare Education Center (AWEC), which has its own stand. Some of the La Salle-URL researchers who are working on the project will attend to explain and value the initiative. The project is financed by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) with funds from the European Next-Generation-EU program, and has the support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

CowTalkPro proposes the development of an acoustic sensor to detect vocalizations of dairy cows and thus be able to monitor the welfare of the animals. The objective is to identify problems in the welfare of calves and cows through technology and, in this way, help farmers. The solution is based on placing acoustic sensors in the pens and, through sound analysis, identify respiratory diseases in calves, detect the moment of calving of cows or pain during milking. The initiative recently won the award for the best project of the AI4ALL program, which recognizes the best artificial intelligence ideas applied to the industry.

During the 4YFN, the La Salle-URL researchers will explain how the CowTalkPro project technology they propose allows early detection of problems, which are reported through a mobile application to facilitate early intervention and minimize the impact on well-being, while improving production. This applied artificial intelligence project is an indicator of the good research and knowledge transfer work of La Salle-URL.

Mobile World Congress and 4YFN expect to receive more than 80,000 visitors

The MWC and the 4YFN once again position Barcelona as the world capital of technology, mobile telephony and connectivity during the days the event is held. More than 80,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2023 edition, the 18th since the congress was held in Barcelona. More than 2,000 companies participate in the MWC, while the 4YFN will feature 556 exhibitors, thousands of investors from around the world and some 300 speakers.