Technology

How it works?

WaterScope represents a new approach in the field of microscopy using a volumetric analysis method instead of the conventional 2D approach, providing explicitly more data and making the testing process resource and time efficient. WaterScope not simply provides an image on the features of the several taxa of microorganisms present in the water but automatically classifies them and reports on their concentration as well. The database created by WaterScope provides information on the water quality in real time thus enabling immediate intervention in case of any anomaly. It applies novel 3D imaging tool. This method increases the inspection volume with two orders of magnitude. During the microbiological analysis of a flow, WaterScope takes holographic pictures. From each of these samples, it can reconstruct 100 2D pictures instead of a single one as a conventional microscope based process would do. WaterScope is equipped with RGB lasers and a digital camera. Samples are directly gained from the water flow and are ready to process without any additional preparation. As the sample passes by the camera the holographic pictures are taken. The central computer of the device compares each reconstructed picture with its database to identify the organisms found in the water. Based on the microorganisms’ size, morphology and colour the system is able to identify, count and classify organisms from 5 µm to 300 µm. The user-friendly interface serves to visualise the results and also sends immediate alarm in case of exceeding limits. As the flow is going continuously through the device WaterScope is able to provide information on the water quality even at every 20 minutes. The central computer stores the pictures and the statistics and generates reports automatically, which via Internet connection are accessible even remotely. WaterScope has been designed to communicate easily with existing water monitoring systems.”

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