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Bika Lab Systems

Bika Lab Systems

Riverview, Outside India, South Africa

Computers Products - Services,
Proprietorship Firm Since 2002

Bika Lab Systems was established in 2002 by Lemoene Smit and Inus Scheepers, identifying a need for affordable and easy to use information systems and instrument interfaces for small and medium size laboratories

Web clients were becoming popular but no LIMS was web based, merely web enabled legacy systems. And none of them open source

Bika positions herself as a lab system service provider, implementing and supporting innovative LIMSs customised to individual requirement

Programming is outsourced to Upfront Systems, proven developers who are also responsible for technical support. Bika herself takes care of system analysis and design, project management, testing, quality control and customer support. If it has to, systems administration.



Products :

We Provide services of Lemoene Smit and Inus Scheepers, identifying a need for affordable and easy to use information systems and instrument interfaces for small and medium size laboratories. Products :- Standard server Extra modules ASP, LIMS service provision. Bika aims to grow her LIMS into a laboratory enterprise solution, including accounting and customer relations modules, but the system remains modularised for labs to fit a system to own requirement without having to invest in functionality that won?T be used Bika LIMSs are structured around a Standard Server edition to which clients may add optional modules and customisations. Other services pertaining to LIMS acquisition, i.E. Training and start-up support are included in the purchase The Bika LIMS service provision offers a very affordable off-site LIMS service priced nominally per analysis record hosted Additional Bika services, like further customisation, periodical support packages and LIMS consulting, are described on the Services page There is no yearly license Standard Bika Server workflow and functionality : All standard Bika modules can be refined further to lab specification Optional Modules : Acquire these modules for further functionality ASP - LIMS service provision : Let Bika host your LIMS service off-site ? Priced nominally per analysis record. Standard Bika LIMS server and support package Build from here. Functionality and workflow include :- Requesting analyses - remotely by clients or on-site by lab clerks Analysis and Request status management Labelling samples Job card management On-line status monitoring by clients Manual results data capturing by lab technicians Results retraction or verification and publishing by lab managers Alarms for samples due, results to be verified or published Analyses and Job Card queries Management reports Audit Log Price lists Optional :- Document Actions Modules available in addition to the standard server functionality Fit to requirement Priced individually Instrument Interfaces :- Import analysis results data produced by instruments capable of comma separated file output. Invoices :- View, print, fax, e-mail, export. Monthly Statements :- View, print, fax, e-mail, export. Product specification :- Minimum and Maximum values per analysis per product per client. Reports. Analyses templates :- Analyses template for mandatory analyses. Per product per client. Product Orders :- Ability to have an on-line ordering ability of products offered by the labs. SMS :- Send results and results notification by SMS. Internationalisation :- Afrikaans. Other Languages. Off-Line Viewing Tool :- Base station that allows results viewing in off-line system through regular updates from central Bika Server. Available from July 2005. ASP :- Your LIMS per application service provision model. Bika ASP - LIMS Service Provision :- Bika Lab Systems hosts your LIMS off-site Branded with your company identity : Once-off set-up fee Monthly subscription Nominally priced per analysis - prices decrease for bigger volumes. Future developments Bika functionality to come :- Through ongoing lab consultation and research, we identified and started designing modules for development and release in future Bika versions, these are : Statistical analysis module Workflow assessment and scheduling Instrument Maintenance module Comparative testing Standards maintenance HR module. Training schedules and Competency records Sample storage and disposal Inventory Accounting. Integrated or interfaced with Pastel. Services :- Bika Services Support contracts Customisation Training Data conversion Set-up & configuration Web sites Hardware LIMS consulting Support Contracts :- Email, dial-in, phone and on-site support per contract based on actual hours of support required - contracts run out when the amount of support hours bought are depleted. Bika employs an on-line issue tracker for labs to log, escalate and track the progress of issues. See Support Contracts. Customisation :- Laboratory specific customisation of the standard modules is quoted for separately per functional specification. All customisations will be researched but will most likely be the creation of interfaces downstream to legacy and/or accounting systems or upstream interfaces with the lab's electronic analysis instruments. Training :- Additional training. The purchase of an installation includes 1 day training for up to 4 lab users and ? Day for up to 2 lab managers. Plone development training is provided by Upfront Systems. Data Conversion :- This includes uploading data from legacy systems, e.G. Clients, analytical services list, results, etc. Set-up & Configuration :- Assistance with lab specific set-up. After training lab staff are able to do this themselves. Web sites :- Corporate website for the lab, customisation of look and feel of public sites accessed by clients. Hardware :- Bika labs can supply standard Intel PC and server hardware, from most of the local manufacturers and agents, e.G., Mustek, HP, Acer, Siemens, Apple. LIMS Consulting :- Project Management and Administration, Business analysis, User requirements, Functional and Database design and specification, Use Case documents, Technical and User documentation and drawings, Project Proposals, etc. Also see the page Bika project management methodology. ManualsUp :- One level The Bika Laboratory Manual : Bika Laboratory Manual 1.0 : Complete Manual for laboratory staff. Version 1.0. Bika Laboratory Manual 0.9 : Work in progress ? Version 0.9 ? To be completed: Price lists ? Orders ? Statements ? Reports.



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Bika Lab Systems

Baviaanskloof Road
Riverview - 270041 (Outside India) South Africa



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