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Luminous Group develops software to detect COVID-19 on surfaces

Newcastle-based technology company, Luminous Group, has launched an extension to its environmental monitoring software, traXR, to support food producers in the detection and tracking of COVID-19 on surfaces.

Initially launched in 2019, the technology can test and track for high risk pathogens such as salmonella and listeria.

With the addition of COVID-19 tracking, Luminous has expanded the software to help food manufacturers keep surfaces free from contamination.

Ben Bennett, managing director at mixed reality specialist, Luminous Group, said: “Environmental monitoring is critical in food hygiene and involves swabbing high risk areas within production facilities to identify pathogens before they become a problem.

“Following the COVID-19 outbreak, it became vital for us to update the traXR software for tracking the virus on surfaces with the same accuracy and efficiency we’ve already demonstrated for other pathogens.

“We’ve expanded the technology so that the swabbing procedure can be applied to a range of workplace environments and public spaces, including potential pathogen hotspots such as public transport.

“traXR provides both a trusted digital audit trail as well as immediate alerts and corrective actions.

“By digitally documenting the swabbing procedure through the traXR app, customers, staff, and the general public can be assured of a rigorous, auditable hygiene procedure.”

Luminous’ cloud-based environmental monitoring solution uses mixed reality to digitise what are traditionally paper-based processes in manufacturing plants, such as sample testing for potentially hazardous areas.

Using Microsoft HoloLens 2 headsets or a mobile app, traXR is a hands-free solution for the common issue of traceability in manufacturing plants.

Users can include photos and audio notes as they track swab locations and data is logged in real time to be transferred to the laboratory and back.

In the traXR app the data overlays a plan of the factory to provide a digital audit trail of every swab and procedure. If it receives a positive pathogen result, the according actions are triggered and delivered to the next available technician.