|dc.description.abstract||The call for the system design in this book came from a
field that grew to be a part of millions of lives in this
country. It is a sport which has developed to have a major
infrastructure, with large sums of money involved. In
fact, the money involved has made it one of the largest
tax earners country wide. Due to its high development,
competition has become furious and breeders will do their
utmost to produce a competitor which would have the
slightest edge on the next one.
As most people would know by now, the discussion is about
the Horse Racing Industry. During the years, owners have
relied on various exercising programs and breeding of
proven winners to produce new ones. To give the animal the
necessary training and simply run it on experience is no
longer sufficient. A more scientific approach has become
necessary. There exists a need for a system whereby one
could monitor certain physiological aspects of the animal.
This would not only allow the physical condition of each
horse to be monitored, but also allow a more effective and
specialized exercise program for each individual animal to
be developed, thereby not only improving its ability, but
saving on time as well.
Tests that were considered included ECG, temperature, and
speed measurements. Existing equipment performing the
first two tests require the animal to be stationary. This
defeats the object of the exercise, as information should
be relevant to the animal when under strain.
During test periods, the ideal situation would be to allow
the horse to perform its exercise routine around the track
without any interference. This could best be done by
monitoring all the.necessary data via a radio link and
having most of the analyzing apparatus in a small and
light as possible package on the animal itself.||