Overview AIT Features

An AIT software should include all business processes related to AIT of livestock following the relevant legal framework.

Based on these regulations and experience in AIT projects over the last 15 years the common processes were derived and modelled in a standardised form using BPMN 2.0. These process models, the XML schema containing the definition of all data items related to AIT and a corresponding object and data model are the backbone of any AIT software.  

Due to this generic approach on basis of XML and process models an AIT software can be developed and customised to any specific country situation.

The table below describes  the major functions of an AIT software with respect to the pure needs of the AIT system. All other auxiliary functions  are covered by the corresponding infrastructure components.   

Major functions of an AIT Software   Description

Recording of establishments and  stakeholders

  Any establishment or any legal or natural person involved in the operation of an AIT system should be centrally recorded. An  AIT software should provide a comprehensive  functionality in order to register and maintain establishments and stakeholders. Depending on the role of a stakeholder access can be granted automatically to the AIT software on the basis of privileges defined for the role.

Management of administrative and epidemiological zones by GIS

  The system should allow an unrestricted definition of zones by using a GIS portlet. Administrative zones represent the area of responsibility according to the defined role concept. Epidemiological zones should be defined separately for each disease in case this is needed for disease management

Management of means of identification

  Any kind of means of identification (branding, plastic eartags - individual or group -,  boluses, RFID chips or other..) should be handled by the system. The management includes the ordering and distribution of  the means of identification including withdrawal and redistribution

Registration of animals by an individual means of identification

  Any species of livestock should be registered by using individual means of identification. Depending on the needs of the beneficiary animal production data (sire of animal, calving scores,..) should be included into registration data

Registration of animals by a means of group identification

  Any species of livestock should be registered by using a group identification. In case of a later individual identification the system will keep previous information and will allow tracing across both registration forms

Movement recording

  In case of individual identification the movements are recorded for each individual animal. Movement recording starts with registration of the animal and ends with the slaughtering or death of an animal. For each movement event the corresponding reason (sale, purchase, slaughter,..) should be recorded allowing the system to show the whole life cycle of an animal. Movements should be visualized within the GIS portlet individually or by groups.

Tracing of animals

  Tracing of animals should be carried out as forward or as backward tracing meaning that the system shows all animals and the corresponding establishments which have been in contact with the requested animal


  Any data inserted to the system should be retrieved by the reporting system in form of standardized or custom made reports

Risk analysis

  Individual or group risk analysis can be carried out according to the needs of the system operator including parametrisation of the analysis, the selection of establishments to be controlled and the corresponding on spot control forms