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1. WO2020117068 - CHIP, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING MEAT QUALITY PARAMETERS

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1. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) for monitoring at least one parameter related to meat quality, the chip (10, 10a, 10b) being implanted in the body of an animal (90, 90a), c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that the chip (10, 10a, 10b) comprises:

- a transmitter (14) for transmitting a signal (99) with a frequency through a portion of the body;

- a receiver (15) for receiving the signal (99); and

- a data processing module (16) for calculating an impedance based on a meas ured change in the signal (99) between the transmitter (14) and the receiver (15).

2. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to claim 1 , wherein the impedance is used for calcu lating the amount of fat (IMF) in the meat and the distribution of the fat.

3. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to any one of the previous claims, where the signal 99 is ultrasound.

4. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to claim 1-2, wherein the signal (99) is electromag netic.

5. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to any one of the previous claims, wherein the chip (10, 10a, 10b) comprises a second transmitter (19) for transmitting a second signal (98) to an external unit (30) outside of the animal (90, 90a).

6. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to any one of the previous claims, wherein the chip (10, 10a, 10b) comprises means for tracking the position of the animal.

7. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to any one of the previous claims, wherein the chip

(10, 10a, 10b) comprises a battery (17) and means for charging said battery by ki netic energy inside said chip.

8. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to claim 1-6, wherein the chip (10, 10a, 10b) com prises a battery (17) and means for charging said battery from the outside of the animal.

9. Chip (10, 10a, 10b) according to any one of the previous claims, wherein the chip comprises means for measuring homeostatic parameters in the animal, such as temperature and blood pressure.

10. System for monitoring at least one parameter related to meat quality in an animal (90, 90a),

c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that at the system comprises:

- a transmitter (14) for transmitting a signal (99) with a frequency through a portion of a body inside the animal;

- a receiver (15) for receiving the transmitted signal (99); and

- a data processing module (16) for calculating an impedance based on a meas ured change in the signal (99) between the transmitter (14) and the receiver (15).

11. System according to claim 10, wherein the transmitter (14) and the receiver (15) are arranged in a first chip (10a) for implanting in the body.

12. System according to claim 11 , wherein the data processing (16) module is ar ranged in the first chip (10a).

13. System according to claim 10, the system further comprising a first chip (10a) and a second chip (10b), wherein the signal (99) is transmitted from the first chip (10a) and received by the second chip (10b).

14. System according to claim 10-13, wherein a signal (99) is transmitted to an exter nal receiver (30) arranged outside the animal (90, 90a).

15. System according to any one of claim 10-14, wherein the system comprises

means for weighing (50) the animal (90, 90a).

16. System according to claim 10-15, wherein the system comprises means for moni toring the size (51) of the animal (90, 90a).

17. System according to claim 16, wherein the size of the animal is determined by im age processing.

18. Method for monitoring parameters related to meat quality in an animal (90, 90a), c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that the method comprises the steps of:

a) arranging a first chip (10a) according to any of claims 1-9 in the body of the animal (90, 90a);

b) transmitting a signal (99) from the first chip (10a) to an external receiver (30); and

c) processing the signal (99) to calculate the IMF in a portion of the body.

19. Method for monitoring parameters related to meat quality in an animal (90, 90a), c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that the method comprises the steps of:

d) arranging a first chip (10a) and a second chip (10b) according to any of claims 1-9 in the body of the animal (90, 90a); and

e) transmitting a signal (99) from the first chip (10a) to the second chip (10b) for measuring the impedance between the first chip (10a) and the second chip (10b).

20. Method for monitoring parameters related to meat quality in an animal (90, 90a), c h a r a c t e r i s e d i n that the method comprises the steps of:

f) arranging a first chip (10a) and a second chip (10b) according to any of claims 1-9 in the body of the animal (90, 90a);

g) transmitting a signal (99) from the first chip (10a) to the second chip (10b) for measuring a distance (L) between the first chip (10a) and the second chip (10b).