How TrackLab works

TrackLab is the solution for research  into behavior, welfare, and health of many different animal species such as livestock animals and companion animals.  It is the versatile workbench for all your studies in both indoor and outdoor settings. Read on to learn more about TrackLab or check out upcoming functionalities.

TrackLab process
TrackLab: from location and movement data  gathering, to processing and analysis.

A fully integrated solution

We have integrated our TrackLab software with the sophisticated hardware tracking devices of renowned manufacturers. This is a turnkey solution, meaning that the TrackLab system includes integration of all equipment, on-site installation, and training.

By combining the manufacturers’ experience in making accurate and reliable real time location systems with Noldus’ 25+ years of experience in developing software tools for behavioral research, we have created a solution that offers accurate tracking and versatile software for analysis and real time feedback.

Indoor and outdoor tracking

TrackLab comes with a highly accurate ultra wide band (UWB) tracking system for indoor tracking and short range outdoor tracking, as well as a long-range GPS tracking solution for large outdoor settings.

The indoor tracking system can be applied in settings ranging from a controlled laboratory (up to Biosafety Level 3) to a real life barn environment. The outdoor tracking system can track animals in large pastures or feedlots.

Solutions for many animal species

For indoor tracking, we offer custom adapters available for tracking common livestock animals such as cattle, chicken, pigs, sheep, and goats.

For outdoor tracking, our tag solutions are suitable for cattle, horses, and sheep (find more details here). In addition to livestock, we provide tag solutions in other animal domains, such as companion animals and zoo animals. Our 3D printers are ready to produce custom adapters for your preferred animal species!

Central data storage

The way TrackLab functions remains the same whether you are tracking indoors or outdoors, and regardless of the animal species and type of tag you use.

TrackLab sends the track data from one or multiple recording sites to your private cloud for central data storage. The server then processes the data and calculates the statistics for you to assess. This way, you can gain insights from the comfort of your office!

Easy-to-use software

With TrackLab, you can easily set up and manage your projects. Navigate the software from setup to recording and analysis intuitively and quickly. For security reasons, only the person with administrative rights  can control who has access to the TrackLab data.

Schedule your recordings

Start recording a session manually, or plan ahead of time using a calendar-based scheduling tool. This tool allows you to record data only during periods of interest, such as during feeding times. This way, gathering data supports a focused and efficient setup - recording - analysis workflow.

TrackLab software
Plan your recordings ahead of time.

Live monitoring

TrackLab allows for the real-time location monitoring of your animals. The software visualizes the behavior of the animal, so you can immediately locate an animal that shows abnormal behavior or needs your attention.

TrackLab software
Real-time location of your animals shows you which animal might need your attention.
TrackLab software
All data processes are transparant and all data can be exported to your preferred statistical tool.

Data export

The TrackLab software is based on a ‘white box’ concept, meaning that processes are transparent, and all data, such as sample coordinates (time, x, y, and z), subject statistics, and group statistics can be exported for custom processing with your preferred mathematical or statistical tool.

Data replay

Recorded data can be played back along with parameter data. Simply select the time interval that you want to review, and play it back at normal or high speed to trace behavioral events that help explain the statistical results.

Recorded data can be played back with relevant parameters.