MultiMouseMonitor

Activity and movement are fundamental diagnostic parameters of animal behavior. However, measuring long-term individual movement within groups was not possible until recently. Our MultiMouseMonitor provides accurate individual movement data in a fully automated way. This is a unique solution for the 24/7 long-term tracking and surveillance 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 MultiMouseMonitor utilizes advanced RFID technology. See how it works in a video.

  • Based on RFID technology
  • 24/7, fully automated
  • Our powerful Analytics software calculates activity indices, spatial preferences, and roaming entropies.
  • Two sizes are available: MultiMouseMonitor with 8 reader grid for Type III cages and MultiMouseMonitorXT with 20 reader grid for Type IV cages.

RFID technology

The MultiMouseMonitor is based on Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology identifying and tracking an individual within a group of animals. All animals have to carry subcutaneous transponders. These transponders can be reused and are maintenance-free.

  • 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

Two sizes are available: MultiMouseMonitor with 8 reader grid for Type III cages and MultiMouseMonitorXT with 20 reader grid for Type IV cages.

Type III cage (for mice): 382 x 220 mm

Type IV cage (for mice or rats): 556 x 334 mm

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 24/7.

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