Web-based biobank system infrastructure monitoring using Python, Perl, and PHP

Martin Norling, Absolomon Kihara, Stephen Kemp

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The establishment and maintenance of biobanks is only as worthwhile as the security and logging of the biobank contents. We have designed a monitoring system that continuously measures temperature and gas content, records the movement of samples in and out of the biobank, and also records the opening and closing of the freezers-storing the results and images in a database. We have also incorporated an early warning feature that sends out alerts, via SMS and email, to responsible persons if any measurement is recorded outside the acceptable limits, guaranteeing the integrity of biobanked samples, as well as reagents used in sample analysis. A surveillance system like this increases the value for any biobank as the initial investment is small and the value of having trustworthy samples for future research is high.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-8
Number of pages4
JournalBiopreservation and biobanking
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Animals
  • Biological Specimen Banks
  • Cell Phones
  • Communication
  • Computer Security
  • Software


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