Development is in progress, with testing planned in conjunction with an accredited laboratory for a prototype device that can detect disease from a distance without the need for close contact.
DIDSBURY, AB, April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Canada-based Airwave Electronics/Environmental, a long-time innovator in chemical gas sensing technologies, is developing a device to detect the COVID-19 virus immediately and at safe social distancing. Technology that has long been used throughout the world to detect gas leaks and monitor pollution levels is now being developed to screen for public health.
The device leverages the same concept that enables dogs to reliably sniff out gases associated with cancer and other diseases. It uses infrared technology (FTIR) to scan for the unique emission spectrum of people carrying the COVID-19 virus. Results are immediate, without intrusive testing or personal contact.
The device is small enough and light enough to be transported by a single operator. Its versatility enables it to be mounted on a portable stand, such as a tripod, or permanently secured to static structures, enabling a multitude of applications for its use, including area surveillance. A small video camera in the system enables the user to point the instrument at a desired target area.
Airwave Electronics/Environmental has aimed to develop a viable solution that is cost-effective and practical for mass detection of the COVID-19 virus and public health monitoring. The device will significantly help health care workers and others observe safe social distancing guidelines now and well into the future. At this time, COVID-19 tests are in short supply, and the use of current testing methods requires the consumption of a dwindling supply of one-time-use personal protective equipment (PPE).
Started in 1984, Airwave Electronics/Environmental is a Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta specializing in the manufacture and sales of gas detection equipment.
SOURCE Airwave Electronics Ltd.