Software Infrastructure for electronic data exchange

In the storage tanks, a new rack design integrates electronic data exchange to all samples during storage and sample handling procedures. Via the software infrastructure, the information of each sample can be accessed (see Figure below). Each rack can perform functions such as compiling an inventory, checking positions of moved samples, running periodic tempera­ture scans and updating sample histories.

Screenshot of the visualization tool for the Smart Tank: It shows the inventory of a cold tank in a hierarchical way. Yellow dots show the positions occupied with electronic modules. In this example, the tank has one occupied electronic rack. This rack is connected to five wings with one of them occupied. Dark green represents modules selected by the user. Wing 2 in rack 1 has one occupied box position. Box 1 has three positions occupied with electronic cryovials. By selecting one of the vials (here A1) the information stored on the vials memory chip is shown to the user or read by the software system. Dots are marked red when positions have been modified.
Note that all free positions (white dots) in a large storage tank can also be easily retrieved.

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