Automatic autonomous device for water control and monitoring, and other aqueous media (based on the detection of analytes of interest)

  • From Spain
  • Responsive
  • Patents for licensing

Summary of the technology

Smart device focused on real-time water management. Applicable both drinking water and industrial and waste waters, monitored parameters include cations (Fe (III), Hg (II), Al (III), etc.), oxidants (Cl, nitrites, peroxide, etc.), biogenic amines, trinitrotoluene, pH, turbidity, conductivity, etc.
This developed technology, composed by a series of sensors, small biochips, which experiment a change of colour when contacting the analyte of interest. This change is captured by a digital camera and is sent via Wifi to a database, where it is analysed and registered. It is also possible to issue a report and/or inform clients in real-time.


New and innovative aspects

Biochips used in this device, compared with other related patents, do not require the use of chemical reagents and are less complex, which allows designing and developing a-la-carte sensors for specific demands.

In addition, by providing real-time results, it allows a quickly answer in case of the detection of pollutants harmful to health and/or the environment.

Main advantages of its use

  • Ease of installation and maintenance of both the device and the biochips.
  • Smart connectivity
  • Multi-analytical approach for analytes of interest.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis "on-site".
  • Usable by non-specialized personnel under any weather conditions and does not require IPE (Individual Protection Equipment).
  • Calibration is not needed and chemical reagents are not required.
  • Online database


COLORS device is a solution developed within the framework of the Internet of Things (IoT), integrating some technologies with the aim of obtaining a product capable of giving an integral response to quality control in water and other aqueous media.

Biochips, which can be developed in 8 mm diameter discs or 5 mm side squares, have a thickness of between 100 and 200 microns. These sensors are placed on a stand, a disc or a cartridge, that are low cost consumables. Cartridge, unlike the disc, has no limitations in terms of the number of biochips to be incorporated. It is also possible to combine different biochips to monitor several species.


  • Water quality management laboratories.
  • Wastewater and drinking water treatment plants.
  • Agri-food industries.
  • Extractive industries.
  • Environmental management of wastes and pollutants.

Current development status

Protected by patent P201830631

Desired business relationship

Commercial agreement, License agreement, Technical cooperation: further development, Technical Cooperation: testing of new applications; Technical cooperation: adaptation to specific neds.

Related keywords

Device, monitoring, water, detection, pollutant, iron, mercury, aluminium, management, residual, wastes, metals, pH, biogenic amines, turbidity, chlorine, nitrites, conductivity.

Intellectual property status

Attached documents

Related Keywords

  • Electronics, IT and Telecomms
  • IT and Telematics Applications
  • Measurement devices
  • Agriculture and Marine Resources
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Measurements and Standards
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Water Management
  • Drinking Water
  • Flood Management
  • Hydrology
  • Industrial Water Treatment
  • Marine Environment
  • Municipal Water Treatment
  • Rain Water
  • Underground infrastructure
  • Wastewater Recycling
  • Water in Buildings
  • Water Resources Management
  • Communications
  • Medical Health related
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Industrial Products
  • Other
  • automatic devices
  • water control


The aim of the The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Univesidad de Burgos is to promote Innovation technology through the reseach results transfer and the conexions between the University and the new needs and requirements of the society - we are the link between the University and the Industry. Contact person: José Manuel López (


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