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Automatic in-flight testing could get the world travelling safely

Posted: 12 June 2021

Posted In: | Our Tech |

The Roboscientific Covid-19 Air Monitor has the potential to get the world travelling safely.  By installing one of our monitors in the cabin of a passenger plane, it would be possible to establish very early in the flight if any of the passengers are carrying the Covid-19 virus.  

Roboscientific has developed a new generation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Sensors which are more sensitive and more robust, achieving results which outperform the 'Gold Standard' PCR tests currently available - delivering Sensitivity and Specificity of 98% to 100% in recent trials*.  It is completing development of the Room monitor version now and is keen to work with the Aviation Sector to help get the world travelling again by developing an in-flight version which would be capable of sampling the air in-flight and informing the pilot during the flight if there is anyone on-board infected with SARS-CoV2 so they can inform the destination airport to prepare to quarantine the flight.

Of course, this will mean that virus-free flights can also be confirmed and allowed to travel on unencumbered by additional restrictions.

Individual testing using the same technology is almost ready now, too.  By taking a breath sample or a worn mask and testing them inside a handheld device, it should be possible to establish if someone is carrying the live virus within a matter of minutes without the need for any unpleasant swab testing.

Roboscientific is committed to delivering this new fast, reliable and accurate test as soon as trials are completed; enabling people the world over to travel with confidence and in safety.

**Pre-Print paper: Using trained dogs and organic semi-conducting sensors to identify asymptomatic and mild SARS-CoV-2 infections, Dr. Clare Guest et. al., May 2021.