TrackLab for indoor tracking

TrackLab is the best software for the recognition and analysis of spatial behavior. It allows you to work with any number of subjects, and in a range of indoor and outdoor spatial contexts.

For the monitoring of indoor farm animals, TrackLab locates animals through triangulation; animals carry tags that communicate with wall-mounted sensors. Animal location is acquired with an accuracy of 20 to 30 centimeters.

Automatic monitoring of health and welfare

TrackLab offers an end-to-end solution for real-time behavior analysis based on highly accurate Ultra-Wideband (UWB) indoor tracking technology. This means that you can automatically monitor animal welfare, health, and productivity, which is beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • Automatic data collection in the barn or lab environment
  • Insights into social behavior, place-preference, and welfare and health indicators
  • No time-consuming manual observations
  • Objective measurements
  • Compatible with biocontainment facilities

Integrated solution

TrackLab is a turn-key solution for indoor tracking, and includes on-site installation, system calibration, and training.

The location of each individual is acquired by UWB tracking tags and sensors. All data is transferred in real-time to the server for processing.  Using the TrackLab software, behavior insights can be monitored in the comfort of your office.

Robust Ultra-Wideband tags

The UWB tags that are attached to the animals are compact (54x40x14 mm, 35 grams) and designed to survive challenging conditions, such as cattle barns with heavy animals, steel feeding racks, dust, dirt, acid, and moisture). There is a range of solutions to assemble and attach tags to the animals, such as collar-based tags and ear-tags.

The tags have the highest IP rating (69k), meaning they are protected from dust ingress and can withstand steam-jet cleaning. The tag sample rate can be adjusted to capture the body movement characteristics of different animal types, such as 8 Hertz for poultry or 1 Hertz for cattle. The replaceable battery lasts up to 2.5 years (at 1 Hertz).

Accurate and reliable tracking

Indoor location data is collected with a Real Time Location System (RTLS). In combination with the UWB tags, this gives you highly accurate and reliable tracking, even in challenging environments. The tags transmit short UWB pulses, which are received by the sensors and used to determine where the tag is located using a Time-Difference-of-Arrival (TDoA) technique.

The radio waves are low energy and do not cause interferences with other barn equipment. You can also combine sensors in order to cover large indoor environments. The tracking sensors can be used in semi-covered or open barns, and outdoors as well. For tracking in large outdoor feedlots or pastures, we recommend our gps-based tracking solution.

TrackLab and biocontainment facilities

TrackLab tracking sensors and UWB tags are fully compatible with biocontainment facilities (up to BSL-3).

Tags are compatible with various biosafety sterilization methods, such as Ethylene Oxide Sterilization (EtO), formaldehyde (LTSF), low temperature Hydrogen Peroxide Plasma (H2O2), Ozone (O3), and autoclaving (under restricted conditions).

All sensors and tags stay in the biocontainment lab at all times. With just an ethernet cable, the equipment is connected to the TrackLab PC located outside the biocontainment area. Animal health indicators are monitored using the TrackLab software on that PC.

Data analysis

Find out about all about the versatile data visualization and analysis options in the TrackLab software.