Activity Monitor

Activity and movement are fundamental diagnostic parameters of animal behaviour. However, measuring long-term individual movement within groups was not possible until recently. Our ActivityMonitor provides accurate individual movement data in a fully automated way. This is a unique solution for the 24/7 long-term tracking of individual animals living in groups which requires no operator attention.

The sensor plate placed underneath a cage detects individuals and tracks them as they move through the cage. Automated and long-term assessment of individual activity is made possible without having to place individuals in separate cages. The ActivityMonitor utilises advanced RFID-technology. See how it works in a video.

  • Calculations:
    Distances travelled
    Spatial preferences
    Move time
    Rest time
    Movement velocity
  • Based on RFID-technology (transponder)
  • Fully automated, 24/7 for every tagged animal
  • Efficient space use since individuals stay in group cage.

RFID Technology

The ActivityMonitor is based on RFID-technology. It allows the tracking of an individual in a group.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology identifies and tracks an individual within a group of animals. All animals have to carry subcutaneous transponders. These transponders require no battery and are powered by the electro-magnetic fields emitted by the RFID-Readers.

  • Measurement of individual locomotor activity and distances
  • Ideal for rat and mouse models of hyperactivity, movement disorders (i.e. ADHD, Parkinson’s), neuropathic pain, and arthritis
  • Determination of individual spatial preferences within a group cage.
  • Application Note

Available for different cage types such as Eurostandard type III and IV.

Plate with RFID-sensors for tracking the tagged animals.
Easy to clean.

Plate with RFID-sensors and home cage without bedding.

Plate with RFID-sensors and home cage with bedding.

Complete setup with boxed-up sensor array and type IV cage.

The sensor plate placed underneath a cage detects individuals and tracks them as they move through the cage.

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