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Providing cow sensors 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.

When attached to the rear leg, our sensors use a 3-axis accelerometer to capture highly detailed information on the animal’s movements and behaviour.

Our sensors monitor the following:

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LYING BOUTS

The period between the sensor changing from vertical to horizontal and then back to vertical

MOTION INDEX

ICEQUBE 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

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

LYING TIME

When the sensor is horizontal

STANDING TIME

When the sensor is vertical

SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS

Level of Data Collection

High 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

SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS

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

1 2 3 cow sensors

RESEARCH SOFTWARE

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

Our software provides access to your data either through desktop-based IceManager software for manual data downloads, or the automated CowAlert web-based platform.

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

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

CowAlert provides an online storage platform for your data. CowAlert for Researchers provides the ability to create and export data automatically uploaded to the CowAlert platform from your own or other CowAlert sites.

1 “We installed CowAlert sensors to assist with monitoring of our beef cattle herd. The IceQube provides us with lying duration data (the feature we like the most) which is indicative of animal comfort. The system allows seamless transfer of activity data to the CowAlert database without the need for a wand to trigger the devices, hence saving us time and labour.” Bobwealth Omontese
Alabama A&M University
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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