smaXtec Messenger

The smaXtec Messenger is an automatic alert messaging tool that keeps you informed about changes in a cow’s state of health. The collection of data in real-time means you are kept fully informed at all times about your herd’s state of health.

The smaXtec Messenger provides you with up to the minute information confirming if rumen pH value, temperature, activity levels and conditions in the cow shed are within or outside the normal range. The smaXtec Messenger can be accessed via PC/laptop, tablet or smartphone (Android, iOS)

notebook displaying the smaXtec Messenger with notifications about cow's health status

The suggested actions contained in the alert messages enable a rapid and targeted response – for example by adjusting feed quantities or contacting your veterinarian.

The suggested actions and physiological data can be accessed in real-time via PC, tablet or smartphone from the smaXtec server. Where necessary you automatically receive an actionable alert message. You are kept easily updated with all relevant information. This means curves no longer have to be looked at or interpreted.

Caution: For display of temperature-related notifications, measurement data must be available from over a minimum of 4 days.

 





First steps

FIRST STEPS

Start your browser (Google Chrome or Firefox), go to https://messenger.smaxtec.com and log in with your email address and password. Before using for the first time you need to register. Please use a valid email address and choose your time zone.

The most important steps for successful use of smaXtec Messenger are described below:

  1. Setting up a smaXtec Messenger user account: Start your browser (Google Chrome or Firefox), go to https://messenger.smaxtec.com and register with your chosen user name and password. Please use a valid email address at registration and choose your time zone.
  2. Activating a device: Activation in smaXtec Messenger – menu item “Activate device”: Device activation is required to ensure the device can be correctly assigned to the user and used in smaXtec Messenger.
  3. Activating a bolus: Activation in smaXtec Messenger – click on the +-symbol at the right of the menu item “Animals”: Bolus activation is required to ensure the device can be correctly assigned to the user and used in smaXtec Messenger.
  4. Working with smaXtec Messenger: Following successful activation of devices (smaXtec Base Station, Repeater, Sensors) you can administer your cows, view important events and manage alerts.

Note: Internet connection required!

Dashboard

The smaXtec dashboard is a key element of the smaXtec Messenger. Please click here to get a detailed overview of its functions.

Event functions

Daily Events: These events are always generated at 24:00h (or as soon as the data for this period is available on the server) if a problem has occurred on the respective day.

Hourly Events: These events are generated every hour on the hour (or as soon as the data for this period is available on the server) if a problem has occurred within the respective hour.

Sample Events: Whenever new data is sent to the server it is always checked for any incidence of a sample-based event. If such an event is detected, it is immediately displayed in Messenger.

Climate Sensor Events: Climate Sensor Events are evaluated on a sample event basis with a maximum of one warning a day issued per sensor and event type.

Restrictions:

For all animal-related events (does not apply to the Climate Sensor), it should be noted that after installation there is a 3-day waiting period in which no events are generated. There are, however, certain event-specific exceptions as shown in the table below.

AlertDescriptionFirst Alert after Sensor Activation
Too few drinking cyclesNumber of drinking cycles per day is insufficient3 days
Reduction of drinking cyclesThe number of drinking cycles has decreased significantly compared to the previous day3 days
Temperature increaseThe temperature increased significantly3 days
Calving (Temperature decrease)The temperature decreased significantly within the expected calving period6 days
Temperature decreaseThe temperature decreased significantly (no calving expected)4 days
EstrusIncreased activity and >20 DIM8 days
Decrease of activityCheck for reasons (lameness, sick cow)3 days
Increase of activityIncreased activity and <20 DIM8 days
Indication of reduced feed efficiencyLarge fluctuations of pH reduce nutrient utilization3 days
Indication of an increased risk of acidosisWhen pH is below a 5.8 for more than 300 minutes per day, an increased risk of acidosis is indicated3 days
Sudden decrease of average pH levelDeviation in average daily pH: Sudden changes or errors in feed management3 days
Mild heat stressTHI > 72 -> mild heat stressImmediately
Medium heat stressTHI > 78 -> medium heat stressImmediately
Severe heat stressTHI > 82 -> severe heat stressImmediately

Temperature Events:

  • Daily
    • Number of drinking cycles: The system measures how often the animal drinks water (free water intake) over the course of the day. Whenever the number of times the animal drinks drops to a dangerously low level, the system issues an alert
    • Deviation in drinking cycles: Whenever there is a significant change in the number of drinking cycles from one day to the next, the system issues an alert.
  • Hourly:
    • Raised temperature: If there is a significant increase in temperature, the system issues an alert.
    • Calving: there is a significant drop in temperature up to 2 weeks before or up 2 weeks after an expected calving date (calving date must be entered by the user), the system issues an alert.
    • Subnormal temperature: If there is a significant drop in temperature and the system does not have any information regarding an expected calving date or if the timing of such a drop in temperature is not relevant to the next expected calving date, the system issues an alert.

pH Events:

  • Daily:
    • pH amplitude: shows the difference between the daily maximum and the daily minimum pH level for the respective day. If a threshold value is exceeded, the system issues an alert. The threshold value level depends on average daily pH.
    • Time under pH: 5.8: shows the number of minutes on the respective day during which the cow’s rumen pH level was below 5.8. If this is under a threshold value, the system issues an alert.
    • Deviation in average pH: shows to which extent the day’s pH average differs from the average value for the previous day. If a this is under or over a threshold value, the system issues an alert. The threshold value depends on average daily pH.

Activity Events:

  • Sample:
    • Increased activity: If there is a significant increase in activity, the system issues an alert.
    • Reduced activity: If there is a significant reduction in activity, the system issues an alert.

Climate Sensor Events:

  • Day-based/Sample-based:
    • Mild heat stress: If the Temperature-Humidity-Index (THI*) is ≥ 72, the system issues an alert.
    • Medium heat stress: If the THI is ≥ 78, the system issues an alert.
    • Severe heat stress: If the THI is ≥ 82, the system issues an alert.

*THI = (1.8 * Temperature + 32) – ((0.55 – 0.0055 * Humidity) * (1.8 * Temperature – 26))

Message categories

Please note:Please make sure to enter the calving date so the system functions properly. If a calving date is not indicated, the Messenger might give you the wrong type of alert. From calving (day 0) until day 20, the given alert will be “Increased activity”, after day 20 the system sends an “estrus” alert. As soon as pregnancy is confirmed in the system, the alert will be “Increased activity” again.

User Roles

According to the requirements of each user, you can select a role for the optimal use of the software.

Here’s an overview of available roles and functions:

FunctionOwnerAdminReproductionOffice
Create animal
Update animal information
Archive animals
Change animal tags
Change groups
Update groups
Update device information
Update calving information
Update estrus information
Update organizations
Share organizations

Additionally, a user can have “read-only”-status. This type of user can look up information but cannot make any modifications.

Insemination Window

Estrus alarms include information on the ideal insemination time. The insemination window has the following 7 different states:

State 0: When estrus is detected the following message is displayed. Detailed information on the ideal insemination time is given in the next phase as soon as the actual heat peak was reached.

State 1: Before the indicated date the arrow is on the left side of the green point.

State 2: At the given date, the arrow is on top of the green point. It indicates the heat peak plus 8 hours and is the ideal time to inseminate the cow.

State 3: After 50% of the green phase (3H) the arrow moves to center of the green line.

State 4: After 6 hours, the arrow is on top of the yellow point.

State 5: After 50% of the yellow phase (4H) the arrow moves to the center of the yellow line.

State 6: When the end of the insemination window is reached the arrow stays on top of the red point.

The displayed time (in this case 06. Dec 7:53 PM) does not indicate the detection of estrus plus 8 hours – it indicates the heat peak plus 8 hours, which is the ideal time for insemination.The insemination window will be visible in different spots in both the app and the desktop version. You will find it here:

  • App: Insemination list on dashboard
  • App: Messages list view
  • Web: Insemination list on dashboard
  • Web: Messages list view

The insemination disappears from the dashboard after 36 hours. It can be accessed in the message list permanently, the arrow stays on top of the red point as soon as the end of the insemination time is reached.



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