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IoT devices for safer water

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SWT Water Quality device is based on the research carried out under the GCRF SAFEWATER and SAFEWATER Translate projects.

The focus is on the design, development, testing and sale of IoT/sensor technologies to improve water safety and monitoring.

The first product is a Mark I Beta prototype water quality device for the detection of E.coli  in a range of water sources. The E.coli test is a primary indicator of potability or suitability for consumption, of drinking water.

The device uses existing chromogenic/ fluorogenic media to detect species of bacteria via a fluoresence signal change.

The device uses a simple algorithm to interpret the changes in optical signal inside the device into a result. Test results and raw data are captured and forwarded to the cloud via BLE enabled companion app. Use of website, cloud and app integration communicates results of testing to end users in their preferred format. 

The system represents a platform technology that can be rapidly modified to look for other waterborne organisms of concern (legionnaire's disease etc) via substituting the chromogenic media.

The key benefits of this technology are its rapid testing capability in remote environments along with its low cost and ease of use.

The technology creates an opportunity to increase water testing in remote regions, increase transparency of water monitoring and improve accountability of institutions mandated to monitor water quality in low and middle income country (LMIC) regions.  Other potential markets include food safety, pharma, agriculture, environmental waters.

The team includes collaborators evaluating the device in low income countries under the safewater and translate programmes and academics from ulster university. Including James McLaughlin: Professor and Director of the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre - NIBEC at Ulster University. He has attracted over £55m of funding to establish multiple research programmes coordinated in the Engineering Research Institute (ERI), with over eighty researchers carrying out both basic and applied research. He has been awarded funding from EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, EU, NSF, DOH, DEL, HEA, Leverhulme Trust, RDA’s and various funding bodies. He has been involved in multiple successful university spin out and spin in companies including Intelesens. 

Which university are you from?

Ulster University

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edited on 30th April 2021, 12:04 by jeremy Hamilton
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Kyle Beacham 7 months ago

Status label added: Seeking a Business Advisor

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Kyle Beacham 7 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Kyle Beacham 5 months ago

Status label added: Stage 3 Options Roundabout

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