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1. (WO2019046685) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING A PLURALITY OF ANIMALS WITH A PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICE
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A computer-implemented method for tracking near-field communication (NFC)-enabled animals with a portable computing device (PCD), the computer-implemented method comprising:

providing an NFC-tag comprising memory, the memory containing a unique identifier;

coupling the NFC-tag to an animal;

scanning the NFC-tag with the PCD;

the PCD receiving tag information from the scan, the tag information comprising the unique identifier and a universal resource locater;

the PCD transmitting the URL over a communications network to a domain name service computer server;

the domain name service computer server transmitting over the communications network to the PCD an internet protocol address of a NFC-tag identification server assigned to the URL that was part of the tag information;

the PCD transmitting the tag info from the scan over the communications network to the NFC-tag identification server;

if the NFC-tag identification server is available, the NFC-tag identification server receives tag info and then transmits a message comprising a link to an on-line store where animal management software that may communicate with the NFC-tag may be purchased.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the on-line store is associated with a jurisdiction of the NFC-tag identification server.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the NFC-identification server is a first NFC-identification server, if the first NFC-identification server is unavailable, then the first NFC-identification server transmits a redirect message over the communications network to the PCD, the redirect message causing the PCD to re-transmit the tag info to the domain name service server.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the domain name service server receives the tag information and then reviews a list and identifies an internet protocol address for a second NFC-identification server assigned to the NFC-tag according to the sub-domain of the URL which is part of the tag information stored in the memory of the NFC-tag.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the domain name service server transmits the internet protocol address for the second NFC-identification server over the communications network to the PCD.

6. The method of claim 4, wherein the list comprises internet protocol addresses of a plurality of NFC-identification servers located in different countries.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein a sequence in the list of the NFC-identification servers located in different countries is governed by a protocol established by a government entity.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the portable computing device comprises at least one of a cellular telephone, a smartphone, a portable digital assistant (PDA), a portable game console, a navigation device, and a tablet computer.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the portable computing device is a hand-held device.

10. A computer-implemented method for tracking near-field communication (NFC)-enabled animals with a portable computing device (PCD), the computer-implemented method comprising:

scanning an NFC-tag with the portable computing device;

retrieving data from the scan;

determining if data from the NFC-tag matches data stored within the portable computing device;

transmitting the NFC data over a communications network and a software identifier associated with the PCD if the data from the NFC-tag matches data stored within the portable computing device;

determining with the tag identification server if data from the NFC-tag exists in a database;

transmitting an account identifier and one or more animal records associated with data from the NFC-tag from the tag identification server if the data from the NFC-tag exists in the database; and

granting access to secure memory area on the portable computing device containing additional animal records if the software identifier matches the account identifier received from the tag identification server, the secure memory area on the portable computing device containing a complete set of animal records for the entire animal production facility which are associated with a plurality of NFC-tags.

1 1. The method of claim 10, further comprising determining with a tag identification server an access level associated with the software identifier.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein an animal record comprises an animal production facility identifier that is also printed on a surface of the NFC-tag.

13. The method of claim 10, further comprising:

storing a complete set of animal records in secure areas in each of a plurality of portable computing devices.

14. The method of claim 13, further comprising:

reviewing a social graph to determine portable computing devices associated with the animal production facility; and

sending a message with a communication server to each portable computing device asking if an update to the animal records in the secure area is desired.

15. The method of claim 10, wherein the portable computing device comprises at least one of a cellular telephone, a smartphone, a portable digital assistant (PDA), a portable game console, a navigation device, and a tablet computer.

16. The method of claim 13, wherein the portable computing device is a hand-held device.