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Watchdog EX™ Extended Monitoring and Control

Introducing Watchdog EX™ – A vivarium management system to protect animal health, improve productivity, and assist FDA and AAALAC compliance. Additional protection for what matters most:

Animal Welfare / Research Integrity / Legal Responsibility.

Whether you’re a current user of Watchdog/Pulse CMC or are searching for a new solution to vivarium control and monitoring, Watchdog EX supplies a new and modern user experience. Designed with mobility in mind, WatchdogEX is a cloud-based, user-friendly mobile solution that provides 24/7 monitoring, secure access to data, and upgrades from anywhere with internet, without the need for new hardware or local networks.

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Vivarium Management Icon  Vivarium Management Provides a system and data that is owned and managed by the animal care group. Enabling vivarium specific monitoring parameters like sensors directly in the animal rooms rather than supply or exhaust ducts. Shield Icon Protect the animals and reduce variables Choose a system that focuses on the physiological and behavioral impact within the animals’ micro-environment.
Folder Icon Easy-to-Use System System provides timely, simple alerts that can be customized based on preference and scaled with growth. Records and archives are specialized to research and regulatory needs. Lock Icon Secure Backed by Amazon Web Service. System can be accessed from home, work or any location with internet. No need for VPNs or firewall navigation. Updates and improvements can be pushed out to the system quickly and efficiently without disrupting user experience.

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Watchdog EX works with the equipment currently in use in your facility and operates from ‘the cloud’ instead of on your network, eliminating theneed for local networks and VPNs. Seamless cloud integration of new software includes data management and 24/7 data access from internet-connected devices, including mobile. In addition to automatic updates, rapid customer response, and the latest software version control, all delivered virtually, Watchdog EX is ready for 3rd-party integration, expansion, or future enhancements.

Cloud-Based Operation
With WatchdogEX, all interactions in your facility are handled virtually and seamlessly, eliminating the need for on-site visits and upgrades.

  • Affordable “drop-in” solution
  • Automatic version upgrades and updates
  • Quick response times to your requests 
  • Timely security patches and bug fixes 
  • Automatic data storage, backup, and management

Compatibility with Hardware and Current Facilities
WatchdogEX works with your existing equipment and eliminates the need for local network hardware, servers, and maintenance.

  • Interfaces with current equipment, watering controls, and sensor points
  • Fully compatible with Watchdog and Pulse CMC
  • No requirement for local networks, hard servers, and associated maintenance 
  • Compatibility with all underlying services running on your network

Secure Data Collection, Storage, Automatic Backup and 24/7 Access from any Internet Connected Device

  • Secure data collection and storage in the cloud servers
  • No need for data backup equipment, scheduling, or media management
  • Secure access from home, work, or any location with internet
  • No need for VPNs or firewall navigation
  • An improved user interface that is easy to use and optimized for mobile access

Flexible Platform with Opportunities for 3rd-Party Integration and Expansion

  • Expansion with any current Watchdog, Pulse, or Pulse CMC equipment, including Access Control
  • Removes separation of Watchdog- and Pulse-specific points in your facility
  • Designed for compatibility with the next-generation of cloud-based hardware and software for future expansion

Contact an Avidity Science representative to learn how this new platform can transform the way you interact with the next generation of control and monitoring.

Watchdog EX Vivarium Management Software System

What is Watchdog EX?

Watchdog EX is a complete vivarium management system to protect animal health, improve productivity, and assist with FDA and AAALAC compliance. Watchdog EX keeps accurate records of many analog or digital data parameters.

Data readings are automatically taken at user-defined intervals and stored in a cloud database. Creating, printing, or emailing useful reports is easily done and can help verify environmental conditions. If a parameter is critical to your facility's operation, Watchdog EX can notify you anytime/anywhere via email, text message, or phone call.

The Watchdog EX system has the following basic functions:

  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Water Control and Monitoring
  • Light Control and Monitoring
  • Access Control
  • Water and Waste Flush Control
  • Cloud Data Storage
  • Alert/Alarm Notification
  • Report Generation

Water Control and Monitoring

Water is a basic element of life. In the wrong place, however, it can cause damage. Stagnant drinking water can harbor bacteria and compromise findings. While water bottles provide drinking water to animals, their care and maintenance make them a very labor-intensive solution. An automated watering system from Avidity Science is the functional, reliable alternative. To maintain desirable water quality, the utilization of any Avidity Science system designs accomplishes this goal. Watchdog EX can monitor and control these the operations in all our system designs.

Water Control

Watchdog EX's watering control features allow you to set up an automatic flushing schedule as needed. The system flushes one line of distribution piping per pressure station at a time, though multiple locations in different zones may be flushed together. Watchdog EX can also control waste flushing.

Water Monitoring

Watchdog EX continuously monitors the watering system for high pressure, low pressure, and leak conditions. If abnormal conditions are detected, or if a flush fails, Watchdog EX will document the problem and begin the alarm notification process. This allows the problem to be detected and corrected before it jeopardizes a study. Monitoring at the rack level for leak conditions is also an available feature of Watchdog EX. See our FloSense product for more detail.




Watchdog EX Environmental Monitoring Brochure