Canadian smart cities and buildings firm Kontrol Technologies announced that its Kontrol BioCloud technology has delivered a real-time detection of the coronavirus from its completed pilot in the Middle East.
The successful testing was completed as part of Kontrol’s Middle East pilot with a laboratory and health care testing partner. The testing partner was able to operate the BioCloud technology in one of their COVID-19 testing facilities.
“This is a significant achievement for the BioCloud technology, and our first positive detection result outside of a laboratory setting,” said Paul Ghezzi, CEO of Kontrol. “This independent pilot and field validation is an important accomplishment for the advancement of BioCloud as a leading global viral detection technology.”
BioCloud’s patented technology operates by continuously sampling the ambient air and seeking to identify for the SARS-CoV-2 virus through an antibody solution. Using advanced optical laser spectrometry to identify spike proteins BioCloud generates an optical reading that, if above an established baseline, will create a silent notification and alert, according to Kontrol.
“BioCloud was designed to provide early detection for viruses and pathogens by continuously monitoring and sampling the ambient air in rooms where individuals gather,” said Gary Saunders, president of Kontrol BioCloud. “We are very pleased with the results achieved through the real-time detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the successful completion of the Middle East pilot.”
Kontrol and the testing partner have entered into confidential negotiations for regional distribution exclusivity subject to various conditions. The testing partner’s customer base includes both industry and government.
BioCloud has been designed for spaces where individuals gather including classrooms, offices, retirement homes, hospitals, mass transportation and others.
Kontrol Technologies provides a combination of software, hardware, and service solutions to its customers to improve energy management, air quality and continuous emission monitoring.