New 30 seconds Covid-19 rapid test co-developed by Ginzinger
Results in less than 30 seconds
The world longs for normality. After a concert without worries, a carefree day of skiing or a day at school and at work without distance and online learning. To get a little closer to this dream, the Austrian companies PACT Group and AMX Automation have developed a COVID 19 quick test that convinces with its practical suitability. Ginzinger electronic systems is responsible for the development of the software and hardware, as well as for the production of the electronics.
iCQT (interactive COVID Quick Test) is the name of the device that delivers a result in less than 30 seconds and detects infected persons with a probability of about 88 percent. Two of the most common COVID 19 symptoms are tested: Fever and the temporary loss of the sense of smell and taste, which occurs in about 80% of infected persons.
Messung der Körpertemperatur
A method was developed for fever screening that promises precision down to 0.1 °C. For this purpose, a high-resolution thermal imaging camera is used to measure the body core temperature in the lacrimal duct and throat area and validated by means of temperature adjustment. In a second step, olfactory testing is performed.
Teststreifen wird ausgegeben
A paper strip is provided with a randomly selected fragrance and dispensed. The test person smells it, recognizes a fragrance and confirms it on the integrated touch screen. Only persons who pass both the fever screening and the olfactory test are granted access - all others are recommended to undergo a medical COVID 19 test immediately.
Elektronics for the iCQT made by Ginzinger
For the development of the electronics AMX Automation turned to the full-range supplier Ginzinger electronic systems. They developed both the hardware and the control software for the iCQT. As hardware component for the Covid rapid test a microcontroller control based on a STM32 F407 is used. This is used to determine the reference temperature of the device (ambient temperature) and to control the mechanical components. To evaluate the test person's sense of smell, one of six fragrances is applied to a test strip with a dispenser by means of pinch valves and dispensed. This must be recognized, selected and confirmed via the display. For the software Ginzinger electronic systems relies on its home-made and in many applications proven real-time operating system "EVCore".
Field of application
The iCQT has been designed for widespread use in practice: whether in the hotel and catering industry, in the sports, cultural and event sector, in schools, medical facilities, shopping centers or companies that want to protect their staff in the best possible way. The system is designed for testing on a large scale and impresses with its environmentally friendly efficiency. The costs per test are around € 0.07. In contrast to other COVID-19 tests, there is no plastic waste or contaminated hazardous waste, only paper strips have to be disposed of.
Support by (medical) staff is not necessary, because the test process is interactive and completely automated. The iCQT functions as a stand-alone device, but can also be integrated into existing access systems (e.g. turnstiles at mountain railroads, personnel access systems, personnel guidance systems). It is also possible to collect visitor data in accordance with legal requirements.
The iCQT was developed in a cooperation of the Tyrolean Pact Technologies Consulting & Trading GmbH and the Upper Austrian AMX Automation Technologies GmbH. The iCQT combines the know-how and experience of these three companies in an innovative product that gives us back a bit of normality.
Because one thing is clear: life must continue in safety.