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Automated Rodent Research Home Cage Monitoring System for Animal Welfare

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41OD026185-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R41OD026185
Amount: $213,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 100
Solicitation Number: PAR15-185
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-31
Small Business Information
1600 10TH AVE SOUTH, Birmingham, AL, 35205-3514
DUNS: 080828963
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 ROBERT TINDAL
 (205) 910-4546
 tindal@tricorderarray.com
Business Contact
 ROBERT TINDAL
Phone: (205) 910-4546
Email: tindal@tricorderarray.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
 1720 2ND AVE SOUTH, AB 1170
BIRMINGHAM, AL, 35294-0001
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
PROJECT SUMMARY The for profit small business concernTricorder Array Technologies LLCwill developin partnership with the University of Alabama at BirminghamSIDECAReSensing and Integrating Data for Environmental Conditions in Animal ResearchThis device will automate collection of relevant data that will enhance consistency in animal models used to study human health treatment researchOur innovative device application is set to improve research animal care at the cage level on a massive costeffective scaleSIDECARewill be a wireless device that will collect data from a specific cage and communicate it to a databaseSensors in the device will isolate the cage environment and report collected dataData collected will include DateTimeRoomTemperatureHumidityLightMotion Detection and Sound from observations in the cageThe device will have embedded algorithms for real time interpretation of sensor dataThe data collected will upload from each device to a cloud based databasewhere additional algorithms will operate on this data and create timely reports and real time alerts to the animal research facility s animal care staff and or research PI as appropriateAimSelect and Validate Critical Components for SIDECAReMilestoneFinal selection of optimal SIDECARecomponents for cage monitoring and wireless communicationMilestoneenclosure integrated with components into a package compatible with exposure to animalsuniversal applicability to varied cage stylesand integration into cage processing workflowsAimIntegrate and Validate Proof of Concept of SIDECAReMilestoneImplementation of SIDECARefirmware for low power data collectionreductionand transmission for determination of specific indicatorsMilestoneSIDECARewireless communication system integrated with facility s WiFi network and animal management databaseMilestonePerform short termin field demonstration of SIDECAReMilestonePerform short termin field demonstration of SIDECARePROJECT NARRATIVE Tricorder Array Technologiesseeks NIH support to develop the novel tool SIDECAReSensing and Integrating Data for Environmental Conditions in Animal Researchwhich will improve animal care at research institutionsThis device will automate collection of relevant data that will enhance consistency in animal models used to study human health treatment researchOur innovative device application is set to improve research animal care at the cage level on a massive cost effective scale

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