Create Your Own Smart Cage for Temperature and Activity Monitoring
For a full understanding of mouse phenotypes, it is important to monitor animal behavior over long periods of time and without any external stimuli. In addition to tracking animal movement and position, body temperature is another critical data point that can be very useful to evaluate. Animal behavior research requires continuous and undisturbed monitoring of the animals in their home cage environment. This is often achieved with video monitoring and general observation. Video monitoring is ideal since it allows researchers to leave the room and observe the animals remotely. However, video monitoring is a very time intensive and costly procedure to implement since it requires the allocation of research personnel fully dedicated to this task. Furthermore, it is difficult to monitor the animals when they are most active at night, or in a group housed setting.
The UID Mouse Matrix was developed to address the challenges researchers face when evaluating behavior in mice. The UID Mouse Matrix is an RFID system that allows real time monitoring and recording of location, movement and temperature for one or more animals in a home cage setting. The activity and vital data generated by the system provide detailed insights into the behaviors and health of each animal. Does the mouse huddles with the group? Does the animal spend more time under the feeder? Is the body temperature increasing or decreasing? These are examples of the questions that can be easily answered with the UID Mouse Matrix system. These evaluations are performed remotely in real time, even at night in the dark, without disturbing the animals and without the presence of laboratory personnel.
Simply implant the UID Temperature or standard ID microchip in the animals and place them back in their cage. Then place the cage on the reader plate for 24/7 continuous and undisturbed tracking of location, movement and temperature. The UID Mouse Matrix system can also be combined with video monitoring without interference. You can mount the UID Mouse Matrix reader plate to virtually any cage to create your own Smart Cage for continuous monitoring of animal activity. We are also currently working with several animal caging companies for the development of Rodent Smart Cages that are fully integrated with RFID tracking technology from UID.
- Evaluation of animal behavior
- Toxicology studies
- Infectious diseases
- Humane endpoints
- Thermoregulation studies
- Sleep studies
- Social interaction and behavior
- Hyper/hypo activity
- Conflict avoidance
- Surgical recovery
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The UID Mouse Matrix reader and software allows for automatic monitoring of animal activity in the individual cage and the data is seamlessly exported to Excel files for analysis.
UID Mouse Matrix Components:
- Reader Housing – IP67 Rated
- RFID reader plate designed for use with mouse disposable caging
- Software for data recording and exporting to Excel
- Available with 6 or 8 integrated antennas – 11.75” x 7.375” x 4” (Box 7.75” x 4.75” x 3”)