The UID Mouse Matrix was developed to address the challenges researchers currently face when evaluating temperature and activity in socially-housed mice. This novel RFID-enabled system allows for continuous and remote monitoring of digital biomarkers, temperature and activity, for one or multiple mice in their home-cage environment.
Digital technology in the home cage is the future but in the present there has yet to be one solution that fits all research needs. There is no defined consensus among researchers on the parameters that must be monitored or how they will interpret an exponentially greater amount of data. Nor do they know exactly what their budget will allow them to pursue. Current solutions require a very large per-cage-slot investment with little flexibility, a tremendous learning curve and very little practical results. During this exciting phase of solution evolution Allentown and UID provide a practical approach — a proven home cage monitoring solution in a scalable framework to fit all needs and budgets.
Valuable research data can be collected automatically in real-time (24/7), even
during inactivity phases. In addition to removing experimenter bias, the UID Mouse
Matrix can help improve study outcomes by permitting frequent and accurate
measurements of progressive behavioral and physiological changes over time in
the same animal.
Integration of UID Mouse Matrix Technology with Allentown's state-of-the-art rodent housing systems enables high throughput data collection and remote monitoring capabilities from high-density IVC rack systems.
Simply insert the miniature microchip in the animals, and place them back in their cage. The UID Temperature-sensing microchip provides mouse tracking capabilities and reliable temperature measurements with unmatched accuracy to ±0.1°C.
Place the UID Mouse Matrix reader under the cage for continuous (24/7) and undisturbed tracking of the animals' temperature and activity. The Matrix reader actively polls its antennae (plate zones) to scan the cage for the presence of any microchip within range. Once detected, the microchip activates and sends relevant data (Animal ID, Temperature, Location, Time/Date) to the data collection software. Zone transitioning is done in rapid succession with timing adjusted by the user's specifications.
The UID Matrix Software collects and records the data from the Matrix system(s) as often as every 200 milliseconds. The program automatically captures physiological and behavioral biomarkers in real-time (24/7), and these data can be accessed remotely or stored for further analysis.
Allentown partnered with Unified Information Devices (UID), the leading provider of radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions that empower researchers to generate higher quality data faster, accurately and consistently. UID Identification Solutions combines advanced RFID technology with novel software to facilitate the identification and tracking of research animals and other laboratory items. Allentown/UID range of products help automate data collection, streamline processes and improve workflow efficiency.
Our new Home Cage Monitoring Mini-Rack is the perfect solution if you’re curious about Home Cage Monitoring but are overwhelmed by the notoriously high prices of digital IVC monitoring. The Mini-Rack offers flexibility by allowing up to nine plates or as few as one. This way, you don’t have to make a costly investment upfront to reap the many benefits of Home Cage Monitoring. You have the freedom to start small now and expand later.
Allentown solutions are not only crafted to perfection, they are also meticulously documented to provide users with all of the information needed to maximize their value. Take a closer look by reviewing the materials below.