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Video Monitoring System for Vivarium Cage Racks

This invention pertains to a system for continuous observation of rodents in home-cage environments with the specific aim to facilitate the quantification of activity levels and behavioral patterns for mice housed in a commercial ventilated cage rack. The home-cage in-rack provides daytime and nighttime monitoring with the stability and consistency of a home-cage environment. The system is made up of a dual-video camera hardware design mounted on a video rack and an executable software means for automatic detection and processing for tracking multiple animals.

Patent Abstract: 

This invention pertains to a system for continuous observation of rodents in home-cage environments with the specific aim to facilitate the quantification of activity levels and behavioral patterns for mice housed in a commercial ventilated cage rack. The home-cage in-rack provides daytime and nighttime monitoring with the stability and consistency of a home-cage environment. The system is made up of a dual-video camera hardware design mounted on a video rack and an executable software means for automatic detection and processing for tracking multiple animals.

Benefits 
Real-time monitoring -Continuous day/night monitoring -Multiple circadian cycle activity and behavior data -Home-cage environment video -Scalable system – easy installation of large number of units per rack -Low real-estate consumption -High throughput -Low-cost -Ability to monitoring multiple mice
Inventors: 

James Mitchell

Patent Number: 
14901,103 PCT Application No. PCTUS2014044923 U
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