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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Find answers to your FAQs below.

How do the sensors record data?

The commercial CowAlert IceQube distributed to farmers have up to a 9-day memory whilst the IceTag & IceQube distributed to the animal science research community have a 60-day memory.  When the memory is full the oldest data is overwritten, Day 61 will overwrite Day 1 etc.

What happens to the data when it has been downloaded?

Data remains on the sensor until the sensor memory is cleared, even if the data has been downloaded.

How do I clear the memory on the sensor?

Choose the “Clear Memory” option from IceManager and swipe your sensor over your IceReader.

How should I store my sensors when not in use?

Sensors should be stored in idle mode to prolong battery life.  This is done by selecting the “Deactivate IceQube” option in IceManager and swiping your IceQube over the reader.

How do I activate the sensor for recording data?

The sensor is activated by selecting the “Activate” option in IceManager.  The IceQube will start collecting data as soon as this is done, even if it is not attached to an animal.

What is the difference between the IceQube and the IceTag sensors?

The IceQube samples at 4Hz whilst the IceTag samples at 16Hz. The IceQube also summarises data into 15 minute blocks, whilst the IceTag provides data granularity up to 1 second.

How should the sensor be attached?

The sensor has been specifically calibrated for use on the rear leg of a dairy cow.  It should be attached with the red arrow pointing upwards, incorrect data will be recorded if the sensor is upside down.

Can I use the sensors on any other animals?

Although our sensors have been calibrated for use on the rear leg of a dairy cow, we have many Researchers using our sensors on deer, horses, goats, sheep and calves.  When properly attached to the hind leg, our sensors will capture standing, lying and motion index data although the step count may not be accurate due to the sensors being calibrated for cows.  We have found that Motion Index is a sufficient measure of the animal’s activity.

What is Step Count?

The step count measures the number of times the animal lifts it leg up and places it back down again.  The calculation is performed “per second” and with any other time period the total number of steps (i.e. sum) is shown.

What is the Motion Index?

The motion index is designed to provide a broader measure of the animal’s activity level and complements the step count.  The calculation is performed per second and for any other time period the index is summed to provide the total activity for the period.

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