Implementation of CageTalkers®

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CageTalkers® is a comprehensive system for creating electronic cage cards, notifying users on alerts, locating cages, and creating billing records. CageTalkers® close the cybernetic cycle between the animal room and the animal management system.

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On the following pages you will find the options and their steps to implement CageTalkers in your facility:
Process Model:
We tried to cover some of your questions in the Q&A section of this site. Please feel to contact us by email (contact@galileisoftware.com) or telephone (0049 (0)8024470470))

Option A)Develop and test your design and interface without hardware: Design of the electronic cage card and conversion of the animal management data. No infrastructure hardware is required. Everything runs over the web.

ClientApp:

https://app.cagetalkers.org:6580/ClientApp2.34/

Galilei Web Service:

https://api-ct.galilei-crs.org:8443/

CageTalkerServiceGalileiCRS17.3.2/

GalileiCageTalkerService.asmx

Design Connect to ClientApp Use ClientApp
Our service: We take over your design and integrate your Animal Management System. The visualization of the CageTalkers is done as a simulation over the Internet using the “Galilei” ClientApp. You do not need any hardware.
Effort: Approx. 1-2 man day(s) per page
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Step 1: Select CageTalkers®models and accessories, Step 3: Create and test CageTalker design. Step 4: Load implemented design as XML file and see the result. Step 5: Implement the AMS interface.

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Option B) The evaluation of the infrastructure: like A) only with additional delivery of the pilot infrastructure and a G4 router with SIM card to transfer the data from our server:

Internet G4 Router Base Station E3 Transceiver Animal Room
Our service: In addition to A) the hardware infrastructure consisting of base station and transceiver plus a preconfigured G4 router for data transmission with SIM card is delivered. Thus, no adjustments of the firewall rules are necessary. As a customer you can start immediately with the pilot. If it is only about the infrastructure you can skip step 4: Load implemented design as XML data.
Effort: 1 man-day(s) plus hardware infrastructure
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Step 2: Select hardware infrastructure and CageTalker holder and buttons

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Option C): Run a full pilot. The integration of the CageTalkers® into the intranet security structure of your company: Like B) but without G4 router and SIM card, but with integration of the CageTalkers® into the intranet of your company

Animal Room Infrastructure On Premis or on Cloud
Our service: Like B) but the customer himself adapts the firewall rules and integrates the infrastructure into the company intranet. The integration into the animal rooms is evaluated. This is the last step before the productive use of CageTalkers®.
Cost: 0.5 man-days per page plus infrastructure hardware from “Galilei”.
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Step 6: Integration, Security, Set firewall rules

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Option D) Get productive: Productive use of CageTalkers® on the customer’s intranet or hosted in the cloud: Like C) but with the required amount of CageTalkers® and infrastructure for the planned rooms in productive operation.

Our service: Like C) additionally the infrastructure consisting of labels, holders, possible buttons, basestations and transceivers for productive operation is now delivered. We help with the installation if the house electrician does not get along. Please note the options for productive operation.
Effort: The service for the interface has already been largely provided in the pilot. The quantity structure must be determined, and a decision must be made for the suitable option of productive operation. On this basis we will prepare an offer for you.
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Step 7: Offer for the planned quantity structure, acceptance of the infrastructure

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Improve Your processes. Your options for productive operation are:

  • Cloud hosting package consisting of hosting, software updates and upgrades and hotline on a monthly fee basis. The basis of the billing is the number of cages.
  • On-Premise Hosting Package consisting of hosting, software updates and upgrades and hotline on a monthly fee basis. Basis of the billing are the number of cages
  • Purchase of all licenses to operate on-premise no monthly license fees, plus monthly software maintenance fees. Basis of the billing are number of cages
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Questions and Answers

  1. Why are Galilei CageTalkers® a sustainable solution?
  1. Why did you decide to use an elaborate self-developed solution for communication with the label server?
  1. What is the ideal workplace for the documentation of cages?
  1. With which Animal Management Systems do the CageTalkers® work
  1. Is the AMS data changed in any way?
  1. Is new data being entered in any way?
  1. Are there data security problems when data is to be sent into the customer´s network?

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Step 1. Select your CageTalker® model and accessories

Choose the CageTalker® model that fits your cage. How much information do you want to show? Note the water bottle and the view of the cage contents. Need only locations of the cages. Do you need billing rates from opening and closing the cage dates? How do you signalize special features of the cage? Do you use colors? How do you communicate them to the outside world of the animal room? Do you need waterproof labels e.g. for pig boxes? Do you operate fish tanks? Check the images here. Let us know, we are happy to consult you.

CageTalkers® models and holders:

CageTalker® Model Canvas size Resolution Color mode Scan code eample Cage Model Description Image of model with cage (Sample) Quantity
TP Rat mit HDL 296x128px 96 2-bit mono-chrome Tecniplast GcM Rat Holder short cover bottom, cover long
HDM
HDL 296x128px 96px P4625294982213153 Tecniplast GM 500 Top cover, small
HDT Tecniplast GM 500 holder long, cover below, cover long
Zebra Tank
Aquaneering
Allentown
Allentown
Animal Care Systems
Innovive

Innovive

Biozone
Zoonlab
Zoonlab
Labproducts
HD110
HD220
Other

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Accessories:

Colored buttons:

Colored buttons are used in the animal room to signal events to colleagues. Surely you are already using an appropriate means for this. The buttons adhere without residue to all smooth surfaces. These can be CageTalker lids or even the cages or fish tanks themselves. Even drinking cups are marked in times of corona so that there is no confusion. The special thing about our buttons is that they adhere without leaving any residue and that there is a suitable app with the corresponding web services for your animal management system with which you can communicate the events from the animal room. Learn more about the Buttons app here.
Color Diameter mm Image Quantity
1 Rot 16
2 Grün 16
3 Blau 16
4 Gelb 16
5 Lila 16
6 Grau 16
7 Schwarz 16
8 Weiss 16

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Waterproof boxes and base plates:

CageTalkers® are water-repellent but not waterproof. Wipe disinfection is no problem. But if you want to clean with hard water jets e.g. pig boxes, we recommend our waterproof protective boxes.
Suitable for model Image Quantity
HDS, HDM,HDL,HDT
HD110
HD220
Kombinieren mit:
Roh
Microsuction
Magnet
Klebestreifen

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Clickers

If you go to the side of racks quickly it can happen that you miss an alert. To prevent this from happening or to give you other hints, we have clickers in many colors and symbols that you can attach to the sides of the CageTalkers®.
Suitable for model Image Quantity

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Step2: Select infrastructure hardware

Infrastructure:

Usually one transceiver per room is sufficient. With the appropriate height, the transceiver covers an area of 140 square meters with its infrared signals. It is a so-called diffuse infrared light, which is reflected by all smooth surfaces. This technique is robust against interferences, like metal objects and radio interference. In addition, there is no radio pollution for humans or animals. It is an extremely stable infrastructure with a battery life of the labels of over 7 years. If you would like to know more about the battery life and battery replacement, please click here: Operating time of batteries.

Base Station E32 Base Station E3 Infrarot Transceiver
Connection possibility for 32 transceivers. Up to 100m cable length with TSL encryption. Communication via Port 950. Power supply required for Base Station E32 Connection possibility for 3 transceivers. Up to 30m cable length between E3 and transceiver are guranteed. No TSL encryption. Communication via Port 950 Infrared light has no congestion, neither for humans nor animals. The light does not pass through walls, so the cages can be clearly located in the rooms
For a pilot we recommend the E3 Base Station. Are your animal rooms equipped with Ethernet plugs? Can you install WLAN access points or repeaters in the animal rooms if Ethernet connections are not available in the animal rooms? If necessary, the base stations can also operate with our G4 routers. The infrastructure can be installed by your in-house electrician.

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Step 3: Create your design, load it with the Client App and try it out.

Do you want to discuss CageTalkers® designs with your colleagues and see how your design looks on a CageTalkers display? Then design (paint) your cage card with pattern data with Paint or just download one of the examples. You can upload and review these designs using the ClientApp. Please send us this design once you have tested the layout with the ClientApp. Then we can create a file with the corresponding data.
Designs to download:
Available in ClientApp Name of the file Image Download Link
Breeding with litter
Clinical Cage P1
Clinical Cage P2
Clinical Cage P2
Stock Cage 1
Breeding page 1
Breeding page 2
Call ClientApp to test your design: https://app.cagetalkers.org:6580/ClientApp2.34/
Are you satisfied with your design draft? Then send it to us and we will convert it into data structures and inform you when your XML files are available. This XML file will also serve as a template for your Animal Management supplier to implement the interface.

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Step 4: Load your XML file with the Client App and check the result

You have received a message from us that your XML file is available for the design you created. Now you can load this file and the data will be automatically converted into images. You can change this data at any time and check the result.
If everything has worked out well, it is time for you to contact your animal management software provider and they will create a SOAP message for our web service based on these XML files. Your supplier will know what to do. Please download the Web Service documentation. Go to the Web Service Documentation

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Step 5: Implementation of the AMS interface by your provider.

Your AMS provider has received the XML file and the documentation. We support him during the implementation. You are now only one step away from the following important results:
  • A paperless animal rooms
  • The automated cage inventories
  • Up-to-date billing records to create invoices based on actual cage data
  • find cages, even if they were not recorded correctly
  • mark cages with “cool” buttons, so everyone knows what to do

In the animal room, find cages where something needs to be done quickly with the help of LED flashes

  • communicate your manually set button signals to your teammates outside the animal room.

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Step 6: Integration of the infrastructure into the intranet and access security

This topic concerns your IT department. In hosting mode, our servers must send the cage card images to a fixed IP address through port 950 of their firewall. This data is then forwarded to the fixed IP address of your base station. This sends to the CageTalker labels and their cage cards are created. By answering the labels of so-called broadcasts, you will be informed which cages are in which room. With the E32 the data traffic in the intranet is also fully encrypted.
Animal Room Infrastructure On Premis or on Cloud
When you have completed this step, you are ready for productive operation

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Production

Now we need the quantity structure for the creation of the offer for productive operation:
Number of cages, cage type Number of rooms Number of buttons Number of holders (top or bottom cover)
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We advise you gladly…

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Questions and Answers

  1. Why are Galilei CageTalkers® a sustainable solution?

There are many suppliers of electronic shelf labels on the market. When we had to make our decision, we chose Pricer because it is the only supplier that works with infrared data transmission. We did not dare to support a product for which there are no validated studies on human and animal exposure to active electromagnetic radiation. With infrared light we can a) eliminate this risk and b) be sure that only cages of the room in which the transceiver is attached are detected.

  1. Why did you decide to use an elaborate self-developed solution for communication with the label server?
  2. In laboratory animal management, special requirements play a decisive role. Since important decisions are made and documented on site in the animal room on the basis of cage cards, we had to ensure that it is always traceable which cage card display was at which time at which cage or is now at which cage. It is also more comfortable for the animal welfare officer to view the cage cards in a sorted order than to have to put complex queries on the database. Audit reports and billing records had to be generated in an animal facility specific manner. Last but not least we had to provide a tool, which makes it easy for Animal Management Software provides to integrate the CageTalkers® system.
  1. In contrast to price tags on shelves in shops, cage cards on cages in experimental animal facilities are handled much more dynamically. Any change in cage contents must result in an update of the cage card. Be it in breeding, in experiments or in stock. The cage contents and the status of the animals and cages must be constantly documented and reported. If animal husbandry is to be managed sustainably and made comprehensible from a 3R perspective, additional services such as the forwarding of “alerts” are also required. All these requirements could only be met with a special application.
  1. In fact, we do not know which Electronic Shelf Label (ESL) solutions will become widely accepted for which markets. There are many different aspects to consider. Do we need cage tracking indoors or outdoors? What role does the localization of cages play. How are the animal rooms equipped with communication technology? How can solutions be easily maintained. How is the troubleshooting. How can standard connections to existing solutions be realized? How flexibly can changes to the labels be implemented? What happens with the historization? We have therefore developed our own middleware for the CageTalkers® services, so that theoretically we could also integrate other label systems that support SOAP or REST. However, for animal husbandry we are 100% convinced of the infrared technology. Since we work with our own medium, we can exclude external disturbances, which makes maintenance much easier
  1. What is the ideal workplace for the documentation of animal transactions and cage transac tions?

We believe that documentation should be as simultaneous as possible to the physical animal transactions. In fact, we have not only given a lot of thought to this but have also developed solutions. For example, to achieve this simultaneous documentation we have developed a mobile, battery-operated worktable with monitor holders and integrated RFID readers for reading RFID-marked cage card holders and an integrated printer. In the end we had the problem that the printers and paper cutters in a clean room could not be operated reliably enough and the service in clean rooms showed to be complicated. Out of the necessity to solve this, the electronic cage card, which combines display, identification, signaling and a central control e.g. from the IT department, was born as the first step. In the continuation of this development, the web services and an application were created to combine colored buttons with a mobile app or the AMS and to communicate these “alerts” to the outside world. Now the notified user entering the animal room later, can see all cages, on which cages work must be done by seeing the LED flashes and the buttons.

  1. With which Animal Management Systems do the CageTalkers® work

Basically CageTalkers® work with all AMS that integrate our standard Web Service. These messages can be structured very deeply down to the animal level with their services and medical records or only on cage level. We have tried to make the integration as easy as possible and left the AMS supplier the greatest possible freedom in the interface. This are SOAP messages that send the cage card data in an XML string. We render this string and convert the data into images. We also support our AMS partners and customers with sample XML files and layouts to be loaded and tested with the ClientApp.

  1. Is the AMS data changed in any way?

No, we do not change anything. We take the data from the web service into our database and generate the CageTalkers® images based on the templates agreed upon with our customers.

  1. Is new data being entered in any way?

What we receive from the AMS is not touched. Only if the AlertButtons are used together with the AlertButtonApp. Buttons can basically be used with and without the AlertButtonApp or with the mere web services. If the AMS uses the AlertButton web services absolutely nothing is added. If you want to send the alerts automatically, first scan the CageTalker and then enter the buttons by confirming the button in the Alert selection or by scanning the NFC ID of the button.

  1. Are there data security problems when data is to be sent into the customer’s network?

This question only applies if the label server is hosted in the cloud. Our customer must then provide us with an IP address to which we can for example send the data via port 950. The data, in this case images, are then forwarded to the fixed IP of the base station via so-called forwarding rules on the firewall for certain ports and defined IP addresses. As there are no possibilities to branch off from this port which directly leads into the base station, this is a secure solution. If a customer still has a problem with this, we can alternatively attach the base station to a G4_Router with a SIM card and send the data independently of the customer’s network. The prerequisite is a reasonable mobile connection.

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