Victoria Alonsopérez

Menu

Finalist 2015 for Latin America

Victoria Alonsopérez

IEETech, URUGUAY
Self-recharging device to remotely track cattle and detect early anomalies.
Victoria Alonsopérez, 27, had been working as an electronics engineer in the aerospace industry prior to founding IEETech in 2013. Having witnessed how infectious diseases in livestock can affect the agricultural industry, she created Chipsafer, a monitoring system that analyses cattle behaviour to prevent epidemics.


A monitoring system
Chipsafer allows the remote and autonomous analysis of cattle behaviour. Collars fitted with trackers are put on cows’ necks and transmit information to the company server which then processes the data. “With Chipsafer the farmer can know where his animals are, if they are outside the ranch premises, or if the device is taken away and also receive statistics about the animals’ performance to improve production and generate bigger incomes”, says Victoria.
youtube$
High infectious risks
With cattle as its main export, Uruguay’s economy is heavily dependent on the performance of the agricultural sector. Risk of disease in livestock can significantly impact the economic stability and prosperity of the country. Uruguay faced such a crisis in the early 2000s. Victoria explains, “In 2001, I witnessed how a foot-and-mouth outbreak severely affected the economy of my country Uruguay and of the whole region causing huge economic losses.” Most of the breeders and farmers lack the technological tools to detect abnormal behaviour in cattle. “Our main objective is that all the farmers in the world can obtain secure and objective information about their animals to make better decisions and improve production.”
“Having a core team of 3 women working in a tech company is very unique.”
Enhancing safety in the food industry
Victoria’s aim is not only to help farmers generate more profit but also to impact the end customer in a positive way. By improving the animal traceability system, the whole food industry becomes safer. “Through the technological monitoring of farming, everybody will be able to know exactly what they’re eating, how healthy it is and where it came from, bringing a substantial improvement in the quality of life not only of farmers but of every single person on earth.”
“I used my knowledge of aerospace technology to impact the farming industry, which most people would think is something completely different.”