FAQ

1, Is the device indeed capable of detecting the shape and color of algae?
Yes, we are not only capable of detecting and classifying algae by their shape but also by their color.

2, Can WaterScope detect two organisms behind one another?
Yes, provided if they are not touching each other.

3, Is each of the devices suitable for measuring in color?
No, color pictures can only be produced by WaterScope Micro.

4, What is the difference between Micro and Mono?
The Mono is taking black and white pictures and the size ranges of recognized microorganisms are 50 µm-300 µm. The Micro is taking colorful pictures and the recognized microorganisms are 5 µm-150 µm.

5, Is WaterScope suitable for differentiating between living and dead organisms?
Yes to a certain extent provided that the difference between living and dead organisms can be traced back to a certain visible parameter (such as changes in color or even in shape).

6, Is the device suitable for detecting and identifying bacteria?
No, the device is only suitable for identifying certain formed colonial (e.g. filamentous) bacteria, such as iron or cyanobacteria.

7, Is Legionella identified by WaterScope?
No, because the size of Legionella is beyond of WaterScope size range.

8, Can Cryptosporidium and Giardia be identified by WaterScope?
According to theirs sizes yes but the exact identification can only be happened by fluorescence painting. Currently this model is under development.

9, Which taxons identified by WaterScope Micro?

10, Which taxons identified by WaterScope Mono?

11, On what basis the devices identify the organisms in water?
Based on a pre-installed and structured database. It instantly compares the reference pictures of the database with the measurements and this way it can identify the different organisms living in water. The database can be expanded, even online if proper internet connection is available.

12 What are the ways to access the measurement results?
Online, if there is internet access or offline by connecting to the device and downloading the information.

13, Does water quality have an impact on measuring?
Yes, if it is airy or too contaminated measuring slows down and will produce inaccurate values. Only in the case of adequate transparency is the device suitable for measuring.

14, How the measurement results displayed?
Mainly in graphic format with indicating the name and count of the different species.

15, What is the size of the laser beam?
With regard to the measurements and the technology the diameter of the laser beam has no significance.

16, How many times per hour the laser switches on?
In average, it flashes every second.

17, What conditions are to be met for the operation of WaterScope Mono?
There is a need for a water sampling point where the inlet flow is continuous and the outlet runs free (e.g. into the sewage network). Beyond this, there is also a need for a 230 V socket and, if needed, for setting up an internet connection.

18, What conditions are to be met for the operation of WaterScope Micro?
– There is a need for a water sampling point where the inlet flow is continuous and analyzed sample should be collected or continuous outlet should be provided.
– At the table-top Waterscope Micro the different samples should be changed manually. Providing the homogeneity of samples magnetic stirrer should be used. Between each sample cleaning procedure should be taken. The analyzed sample should be collected or free outlet can be used.

19, What maintenance requirements apply to the device?
There is no need for daily maintenance, the cell or the glass of the cell is to be cleaned depending on water quality.

20, What is the difference from competitor’s (e.g. Fluid Imaging) technology? What is the most important difference?
A FlowCam technology cannot make classification. It is able to make pictures but cannot identify taxons and neither classifies the pictures. It is just making size classifications.