Large Facilities

The use of RFID technology to ease the tracking of cages in the animal facility has taken a long time to take off.  It was at least 15 years ago when TOPAZ presented RFID technology to our Annual User Conference in the full expectation that within a few years, everyone would be using it!  In practice the …

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When we were building the Biosafety Protocols module of TOPAZ Elements many years ago, we spent time talking to some of the NIH officials who, at the time, were working to implement the audit program for institutions receiving NIH funding.  The primary messages were clear and simple; The IBC should have it’s own protocol form, not “piggy back” …

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Almost 21 years ago, when I joined TOPAZ, integration between software systems was unusual and exotic in our market.  On the rare occasion when a customer wanted to integrate a third party system with our software of that era (GRANITE), it involved direct access to the database using SQL scripts, and many warnings from TOPAZ …

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