The Digital Ventilated Cage (DVC®) is a unique and revolutionary home-cage monitoring system, designed for standard Tecniplast IVC cage system for mice, composed of a mix of electronics and software components to collect a set of information directly from the home cage (i.e. Tecniplast IVC cage) in the home rack.
The DVC® system has been designed to be used in any animal Facility and lab since its main component, the DVC® Rack, can be easily washed and autoclaved without affecting current SOPs.
The DVC® system is the unique worldwide system fully scalable to cover and digitalize your entire Vivarium, offering unlimited benefits for Facility Managers and Researchers.
Other common technologies, such as video camera monitoring systems or RFID-based systems, have to struggle with different matters, namely affordability, power budget management, data management, and SOP's changes as common issues, therefore, resulting in poor scalability.
The overall development was driven by three main targets:
These goals were even more ambitious since we wanted to collect information and data directly from the home-cage without stressing the animals to effectively promote a culture of care.
DVC® - Digital Ventilated Cage is the powerful result of our efforts and commitment.
We were able to design a "fully transparent" system for your daily routine capable of providing valuable data to affect your Vivarium's management and enhance science outcomes positively.
More specifically, the main benefits for Facility Managers and Animal caretakers are:
As for the benefits for the Researcher, the DVC® technology offers the possibility to collect 24/7 overall animal activity data from the home cage without disturbing the animals (Tecniplast mouse cage). Moreover, thanks to our validated digital biomarkers, these data are translated into valuable insights and novel findings to complement your studies, without any other effort than simply housing animals in their home cage.
More specifically, we have developed a dedicated platform called DVC® Analytics, where you can collect, filter, analyze and display your data to get the utmost from your experiments. Please refer to the dedicated DVC® Analytics section to discover more.