Systems: A Need for
Animal Care Facilities
Animal care facilities are often located in a small portion of a large building in which the building
management system (BMS) provides the air handling, heating and cooling for the entire building.
If the BMS malfunctions, it can result in unreported or misdiagnosed temperature swings in the
mouse room. This means that valuable research is at risk of being lost due to over-reliance on one
system monitored by facility engineers who are not stakeholders in the research.
Adopt the use of a redundant monitoring system in the facility to preserve the integrity of your research and protect your investments of time and money. With a Rees Scientific automated environmental monitoring system (EMS), a problem with the BMS would play out like this scenario: your animal care facility is located in a large building, but is using an independent monitoring system specifically designed for your facility. An air handler on the roof fails at the same time that the temperature begins to rise in your mouse room. Engineering is notified through the BMS that the air handler has failed. Your staff receives a phone call telling them exactly which mouse room is out of temperature range, the current temperature in the room, and how far the temperature is outside of normal parameters. Your staff is able to react quickly and move the animals without risk- ing loss of the animals or any research. When you arrive in the morning, you have compre-
hensive reporting of exactly when the room temperature began to rise, who responded, and
what happened in response to the alarm. You are in control of your facility.
An independent EMS puts the control of the animal care facility into the hands of the
investigators, the director and the staff. and is designed to collect data and provide alarm
notification for specific and critical environmental inputs within your facility.
Unlike a BMS, which will often use probes throughout the building to monitor temperature and humidity in zones, an EMS will allow for independent probes in each animal room
for ambient temperature, humidity, light and even sound. These probes can be programmed,
monitored and accessed for reporting independent of each other.
An independent EMS provides crucial data to the staff of your animal care facility in a
timely manner. Standard reports are designed with regulatory requirements in mind as well
as the type of data typically used by researchers in this type of facility. The data is in real-time and can be archived for future analysis as well as trending analysis. Your staff can find
the data they are looking for in a timely manner and without having to leave the facility.
The Centron Presidio software is a Windows-based application, designed for ease of use
by the end user. The data collected is readily accessible, the program is logically laid out
and end users are provided with training to modify not only the report generation but also,
the basic programming for the system. Furthermore, the software is designed with extensive security to prevent anyone except authorised end users from gaining access.
The value of an independent EMS is clear when you consider the potential loss of a
colony of mice and months of data rendered useless by compromised research.
Rees Scientific Centron Presidio
software provides the user
with a detailed but easy-to-use interface for automated