DIT Hothouse is seeking a suitable commercial partner to take this technology to market. The establishment of a start-up software business or a licensing agreement with a clean room services company are two possible routes to market. Industry partners will have the added benefit of a highly experienced DIT project team to help deliver the final product. StrataVision has featured strongly in national (Enterprise Ireland) and international (Hong Kong PU) enterprise awards.
Description of the technology
Researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology have developed a novel automated scanning and fault detection system for personal protective equipment (PPE), designed specifically for clean room compliance and anti-contamination. The Strata Vision system aids in the gowning process through the use of a novel software device and camera mounted next to a full size mirror. When the worker checks their PPE in the mirror, the system automatically scans for faults in the PPE (i.e. failure to wear gloves or masks, non-compliance with cosmetic protocols, or high temperature indicating illness) An image is collected and processed by novel image recognition software, which generates a “pass” or “fail” classification and presents this to the user. The system also displays an indicator of the affected area (e.g. hands). The system continues to scan the user and display a “fail” result until their PPE is adjusted sufficiently to achieve a “pass” result. Each result can be logged by the system and stored for review later by the employer or employee. Predetermined areas are set up to measure the presence of colour. Certain colours are permitted such as gown and background colours. Colours not permitted (i.e. skin tones) are highlighted by the software, and the software processes this information and transfers it to the display unit, illustrating the relevant area.
Prototype image recognition software has been adapted for the system, developed, tested and executed in order to validate the proof of concept. The system has been tested for various configurations of protective gear amongst a cross section of potential users in the Irish Pharmaceutical, Medical devices, Food and Semi-conductor industries. A PCT patent application on ‘A method and apparatus for protective clothing compliance’ was filed in 2013 – PCT/EP2013/061334. This patent covers the system, processes and detection methods while the software and related source code is DIT confidential know-how.
Main advantages of its use
- Anti-Contamination: Strata Vision significantly reduces the risk of product contamination through faulty PPE which can lead to costly problems such as production run scrapping and recall of faulty products on the market.
- Improved Accuracy and Reliability: Currently no technical solution exists to aid workers in the gowning process, meaning personnel must rely on manual subjective processes which are prone to human error. Strata Vision solves this problem.
- Regulatory Compliance: Strata Vision ensures employee adherence to the strict PPE guidelines associated with certain industries (e.g. in medical devices).
- Strata Vision has applications amongst companies in a range of industry sectors, particularly those with a strong dependence on high value manufacturing where clean rooms are an essential part of the production process.The technology was developed in consideration of clean room environments within the pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor and food sectors but other application areas may apply.
Additional information (attached documents)