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Cow Sensors in Environmental Research

Keith Betteridge, AgResearch

RSNZ Manawatu February 2014 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 February 2014, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Mr Keith Betteridge of AgResearch Grasslands will give a presentation on nitrogen leaching issues in New Zealand and how this led to the development of a cow urine sensor. The sensor quantifies urine volume and urinary nitrogen concentration of grazing animals. He will then give a brief outline of an animal collar that is under development. This collar will enable some cows in the herd to measure pasture biomass and report data via cloud computing back to the farmer’s smart phone in near-real time. Both the urine sensor and the cow collar will assist farmers in managing their enterprise for improved efficiency and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

All warmly welcome

The Internet and its implications for your privacy and security

Dr Giovanni Moretti, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch 2013 AGM

7.30 pm Tuesday, 19 November, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

It’s easy to think of our connection to the Internet as “one way”, simply a means of accessing online services; however our online activity can provide a particularly detailed view into our lives. Imagine that your computer screen is actually a one-way window through to a room which is permanently staffed: they see every email, every Google search, every holiday plan, every online transaction, Skype conversation … store and share this data, and this goes on for years.

Beyond a vague unease about hackers and viruses, most computer users don’t give online security much thought; besides they think “there’s nothing on my computer I care about”. However, even if this is the case, there are unexpected and significant risks to your privacy and security.

This talk will introduce you to how data are moved around the Internet, why the information you freely provide online is valuable and how it’s being used, how your online communication can be intercepted by both official and unofficial means, and what you can do to help protect your data and keep your online activities private.

Giovanni Moretti is in the Computer Science Section of the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University.

All warmly welcome