This could be a game-changer. A new Canadian technology to detect COVID-19 in the air was just launched. The company behind it claims it could help stop outbreaks before they even happen.
The company is Kontrol Energy Corporation and their new machine is called BioCloud. They say it's an "unobtrusive wall-mounted technology which detects the presence of COVID-19 in the air."
The device would continuously sample air quality and if it picks up the new coronavirus floating around, it sends a notification to the facility management, who can then take proper measures to prevent an outbreak.
According to a news release about the launch, "immediate applications in schools, hospitals, long term care facilities and mass transit vehicles including planes, trains and buses represent a game changer in the fight against COVID-19."
It's been a long time coming.
Kontrol's CEO Paul Ghezzi said their "team has been working day and night since the onset of the pandemic to bring this exciting technology to market."
They explain that the product has undergone extensive testing and they even partnered with top experts like Western University's Dr. David Heinrichs, who is a microbiology and immunology professor.
He also expressed his high hopes for this new device.
"There's no doubt in my mind that this technology can quickly and effectively detect an array of airborne pathogens, including the virus that causes COVID-19. Our results are absolutely conclusive," Dr. Heinrichs said.
Now it's a matter of getting the technology out there. Kontrol says they hope to have them in Canadian schools by November.
They are also preparing to make up to 20,000 of these things a month but it won't be cheap.
Every BioCloud unit is expected to cost US$12,000, that's about CA$15,800 each.
This machine isn't alone when it comes to Canadian innovations during the pandemic.
Graphene Leaders Canada has also been hard at work developing a new technology that would test for COVID-19 using saliva instead of a nose swab and would provide results in seconds.