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newplatfphoto3.jpg LABORAS is an innovative non-invasive measurement system that recognizes several behaviours of small rodents (mice and rats) fully automatically. LABORAS was the first system and is still the only system on the market which is able to reliably recognize a large number of different behaviours without traditional human observation. LABORAS recognizes a wide range of normal behaviors (climbing, drinking, eating, grooming, immobility, locomotion and rearing), as well as special behaviors such as scratching, WDS, Head shakes, Hindlimb licking, Startle and Freezing.
In addition the system determines the following tracking parameters: XY-position, speed, maximum speed, average spee, traveled distance and position distribution. At the end of 2006, LABORAS release 2 was launched with an improved user interface and faster processing capability.


Examples of application areas: Drug Development, Ethology, (Safety) Pharmacology, Dermatology, CNS and Toxicology.

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Sonotrack_system.jpg SONOTRACK is an advanced non-invasive measurement system to monitor ultrasonic sounds produced by animals. The highly sensitive Sonotrack microphones and Sonotrack electronics provide unrivalled performance in registering ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) of animals generated at frequencies between 15 kHz and 125 kHz.
SONOTRACK provides powerful tools for fully automatic analysis of the recordings, including advanced filtering techniques to clean up the recorded signals, automatic call detection (call counting) and is the first and only system to provide automated call classification of 15 different types of calls.
The recorded signal can be converted in a format which is audible for humans. Optionally, dedicated ultrasound amplifers and speakers allow playback of the ultrasonic recording to your animals, enabling a number of special animal models. 



Examples of application areas:
Phenotyping, CNS and Pharmacology, Bipolar Spectrum disorders, Pain, Stress, Aggression, Depression, Speach impairments, Social Interaction, Animal Welfare studies.
 
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SmartChamber ScreenSmartChamber is the latest product in the Metris portfolio. SmartChamber creates a measurement environment that is optimally isolated from the surrounding room environment. SmartChamber provides the researcher with a measurement space in which the animal under test can be effectively blocked from external sounds, magnetic fields, unwanted visual cues, etc. The initial versions of SmartChamber are designed to be used for bio-acoustic experiments and are prepared for integration with the Metris Sonotrack system. The SmartChamber is equipped with an ultralow noise ventilator, LED light (soft white) and door switch. Optionally various extra sensors, special light (red light) and an Ultrasound Microphone can be installed.The SmartChamber is controlled by an e-Tablet in the front of the SmartChamber. 

 

Examples of application areas: Ethology, CNS and Pharmacology, Bio Acoustics, Pain, Animal welfare studies.

 

 

 

SleepSign ScreenSleepSign for Animal is a further extension of the Metris portfolio. Metris distributes this product in Europe (west and east) on behalf of Kissei Comtech Japan. It enables further expansion of automated animal behavior research. SleepSign for Animal is a software package that can distinguish several sleep stages (e.g. rapid eye movement (REM), non rapid eye movement (NREM) and wake) in freely moving animals using EEG and EMG data obtained by telemetry. It offers the ability for both in-depth analysis of sleep stages and easy automated sleep stage detection. It drastically reduces the time and labour spent on sleep stage scoring and enables you to generate standard types of reports with only a few keystrokes.

 

Examples of application areas: Neurology, Pharmacology Research, Sleep studies.


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