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Providing IceRobotics innovative technologies for animal science research RESEARCH PRODUCTS innovative technologies for animal science research

IceRobotics’ products are widely recognised in the animal science research community for their accurate recording of highly-detailed, timely animal behaviour data.

Research is the backbone of our company. We work with many of the world’s leading academic institutions, providing innovative technologies which enable animal science research to be conducted as efficiently as possible. Our sensors capture data on the animal’s movements and behaviour which can be viewed and evaluated using our PC or cloud-based software.

SENSORS

Our sensors have supported both small-scale studies of 2-3 animals over a short time-period through to large-scale projects involving thousands of animals.

We have two sensor options available, the IceTag and the IceQube. Both sensors use a 3-axis accelerometer to capture highly detailed information on the animal’s movements and behaviour.

Attached to the rear leg using a robust Velcro-strap or reusable plastic strap, our sensors monitor the following:

Slide ICEQUBE

STANDING TIME

When the sensor is vertical

STEP COUNT

The number of times the cow lifts her leg, based on the amount of force used

MOTION INDEX

LYING BOUTS

The period between the sensor changing from vertical to horizontal and then back to vertical
A broader measure of the animal's activity which considers the absolute value of the 3-D acceleration and is related to the total amount of energy used by the animal over a given period

LYING TIME

When the sensor is horizontal
ICETAG

STANDING TIME

When the sensor is vertical

SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS

Level of Data Collection

Very High Granularity Data Collection High Granularity Data Collection

Data Sample Rate

16 Hz 4Hz

Data Storage

60 Days

9 Days

3 Days

Data View & Export Granularity

1 second

1 minute

15 minutes

1 hour

2 hours

1 day

1 week

Overall summary

15 minutes

1 hour

2 hours

1 day

1 week

Overall summary

Standing Time

Lying Time

Lying Bout Analysis

(Start time, end time & duration)

Motion Index

Step Count

*Adult dairy cows only

Manual Download

(Additional product required:

IceReader & IceManager)

Automated Download

(Using CowAlert)

Sensor Attachment

Reusable leg strap

Single Use Velcro strap

Suitable for differing leg sizes

SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS

Level of Data Collection

Very High Granularity Data Collection


Data Sample Rate

16 Hz


Data Storage

60 Days


Data View & Export Granularity

1 second

1 minute

15 minutes

1 hour

2 hours

1 day

1 week

Overall summary


Standing Time


Lying Time


Lying Bout Analysis

(Start time, end time & duration)


Motion Index


Step Count

*Adult dairy cows only


Manual Download

(Additional product required: IceReader & IceManager)


Automated Download

(Using CowAlert)


Sensor Attachment

Reusable leg strap


Level of Data Collection

Vigh Granularity Data Collection


Data Sample Rate

4 Hz


Data Storage

9 Days

3 Days


Data View & Export Granularity

15 minutes

1 hour

2 hours

1 day

1 week

Overall summary


Standing Time


Lying Time


Lying Bout Analysis

(Start time, end time & duration)


Motion Index


Step Count

*Adult dairy cows only


Manual Download

(Additional product required: IceReader & IceManager)


Automated Download

(Using CowAlert)


Sensor Attachment

Single Use Velcro strap

Suitable for differing leg sizes


COWALERT FOR RESEARCHERS

CowAlert for Researchers is an exciting new piece of software which provides researchers with a portal into the data underlying CowAlert on their farm or into the data on participating farms.

CowAlert for Researchers combines the power of CowAlert’s monitoring and alerting modules with the ability to control and analyse your own data or the data from a larger number of commercial farms.

CowAlert provides you with detailed data on:

  • Activity levels
  • Standing and lying transitions
  • Times of lying and standing bout
  • Duration of lying and standing bouts
  • Steps
  • Heat alerts
  • Health alerts
  • Lameness alerts and mobility monitoring

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CowAlert provides you with detailed data on:

  • Activity levels
  • Standing and lying transitions
  • Times of lying and standing bouts
  • Duration of lying and standing bouts
  • Steps
  • Heat alerts
  • Health alerts
  • Lameness alerts and mobility monitoring

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RESEARCH SOFTWARE

IceRobotics delivers the data you need, whenever you need it.

Our sensors can be attached to animals for up to 60 days, then removed and data downloaded using our software. The data can be exported in .csv file format for external analysis.

The IceManager Software is used with our desktop IceReader for manually downloading the data from our IceTag and IceQube sensors. IceManager is our advanced sensor management software which enables you to:

• Activate, download and deactivate sensors
• View and manipulate data in graphical and percentage formats
• Create and export reports for statistical analysis

To download our IceManager software, click the button below and enter your login details.

1 "Since 2012, we have used the IceTag devices in order to estimate cow and calve behaviours in alpine and subalpine pastures. Based on our experience we find the IceTag very reliable and robust. The simplicity of use, makes these devices an ideal tool to determine locomotive activity, lying time and the daily number of steps." Dr. Joël Bérard
Head of Research ETH Zürich Agrovet-Strickhof
2 “We find the sensors are simple to use and they are excellent devices to assess behaviour with–prior to these sensors, many, many hours of video had to be analysed! We can easily access information through the software and the CowAlert database.” Professor Marie Haskell
SRUC
3 “They are the perfect equipment for our trial into the behaviour of horses and I’m so glad I found the IceRobotics website. It’s an amazingly simple piece of kit that tells us so much about their behaviour.” Lucy Slater
Student, Writtle University College
4 “CowAlert for Researchers is easy to use, self-explanatory and handy to download the reports when I need them." PhD Student
SRUC
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