CES (or the Consumer Electronics Show) is the world’s largest international electronics fair that is held annually in Las Vegas, USA, with more than 2400 companies from 174 countries participating this year. It is a technological exhibition where companies and institutions from various industries showcase the latest IoT and ICT technologies.
At this year’s event, PiQuant’s water quality analyser “Water Scanner” won the award as the first portable spectrometer to do real-time analysis of the water components. It is an innovative device that can detect hazardous substances like bacteria, heavy metals and chemical compounds in liquid in real time.
The Water Scanner reduced the test time by 1/1440th compared to conventional PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). On top of that, the cost of testing was reduced to 1/50th. As a water bacteria scanner, the Water Scanner can monitor and manage data in real time whilst connected to a smartphone. PiQuant is the first company in Korea supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as it specialises in the analysis of the drinking water environment in developing countries.
E. coli is the major cause of waterborne diseases associated with unsafe drinking water. Using PiQuant’s portable bacteria water scanner, the detection of E. coli bacteria can be done within three minutes. PiQuant is introducing its products to several developing countries suffering from water pollution, including India and Vietnam.