What is the system architecture of Zebrabase?
Zebrabase is a web-based, cross-platform hosted zebrafish tracking solution. Zebrabase supports both desktop and mobile use on Mac, Linux, Windows, Android and iOS and has a built-in QR code generator and QR code reader functionality that provide an instant access to all the fish stock information and related actions on a mobile device.
What are the costs of using Zebrabase?
Zebrabase is a non-profit project. Therefore, we charge only a modest fee to help us cover the expenses of the technical support we provide (initial setup, data backup and recovery, version updates, server maintenance and user support etc.). To support starting labs and small facilities, we provide a Free plan that includes up to 150 tanks or 3 racks free of charge. Moreover, as long as less than 150 active substocks are stored within the database, no fees will be charged regardless of the facility size. For larger facilities with more active substocks, we offer a Paid plan including unlimited number of tanks and the customized data import from the previous zebrafish tracking solution. The Paid plan is priced €350 flat fee plus €0.50 for each additional tank (above the 150 free tanks) in the facility per year. For large facilities with more than 3000 tanks, progressive discounts apply (use the pricing calculator).
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How can I try Zebrabase?
Use the Request demo link in at the Contact page and fill in the form to obtain an account at our demo instance. The access to the demo instance is unlimited; however, we do not guarantee full backup of the demo instance data. If you wish to test Zebrabase using your own data in your separate instance, you can also request your own instance. Testing Zebrabase is free as long as you do not exceed the threshold of 150 active substocks, 3 racks, and 150 tanks in the facility.
What is the principle of Zebrabase system operation?
The Zebrabase system is operated with the utmost effort to ensure service availability. The system is running on a virtual server in the environment composed of two clusters of hardware servers. Individual hardware components of the environment are redundant and each cluster is housed in a different data center of the Institute of Molecular Genetics. The system is replicated from the primary to the secondary cluster every 30 minutes. In case the primary cluster becomes unavailable, the service can be restored in a short time on the secondary cluster by the system administrator. The long-term server availability (accessibility) is higher than 99%.
Occasionally, the necessary maintenance of the system takes place. During this time the system may become transiently unavailable for short periods of time. All scheduled maintenance services are announced in advance via in-app notifications.
How are the data secured?
All communication of the users with the Zebrabase system is secured via SSL and for each customer (e.g. facility or laboratory), a separate instance of Zebrabase is provided. Database dumps are performed twice a day and archived for 1 month by Zebrabase and afterwards permanently at the IMG institute archives. Additionally, the fish stock records and statistics can be exported to an .xls file directly from the user interface.
Which printers are supported for QR code priting?
Currently, two models are fully tested and supported: Intermec PC43t (preferably the 300 dpi version) and Zebra ZD420 (300 dpi version). Printing is optimized for 1.5 x 1 inch labels but any larger labels will work as well.
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