Automated Biodetection and Bioidentification
The BioHawk LF® is an automated, integrated system for detecting, collecting and identifying airborne pathogens. BioHawk LF employs multiple world-class technologies: biofluorescent detection, cyclone-type wet collection, machine vision, and multi-analyte lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) identification.
Fully automated Upon detection of a suspicious aerosol, the bioidentifier executes automatically, or may also be manually initiated if preferred. Test results are provided through an onboard display and serial digital data link.
Reduced use of consumables Assays are only performed when a bioaerosol has been detected, saving time and cost. This is in contrast to protocols where assays are run at fixed intervals or in batch processing where each batch must be tested before release.
Rapid results No lag between detection and testing - the entire process from the initial threat detection to results takes only about 20 minutes.
Accurate test analysis BioHawk LF employs sophisticated machine vision technology to ensure that tests are read with maximum accuracy, eliminating variables such as lighting conditions and imperfect human vision. Weak positive results that might have been missed by conventional methods will be correctly read. A strong positive may be identified early in the test protocol, shortening the time to results by several minutes.
- A sophisticated aerosol biodetector/sampler/wet bioidentifier
- Suitable for toxins, bacteria, spores, fungi, multi-cellular pathogens
- Performs up to 8 simultaneous bioassays on collected samples
- 325 liter/minute air sampling rate
- Hours-long air sampling times
- Uses widely available lateral flow immunoassay tickets
- Room temperature storage of consumables
- Machine vision-based assay protocol
- Incorporates multiple novel patented technologies
- Fast assays: 5 - 15 minutes typ.
- Auto-flush protocol for decontamination and cleaning
- Flash memory retains data for over 6,000 assays
- Air quality
- Public Health
- Medical facilities
- Homeland security
|Exterior air sampling rate||300 liters/min. Weather-proof inlet and outlet penetrations.|
|Aerosol biodetector-trigger for sampling process||UV bio-fluorescence detector. Average time-to-alarm is 30 seconds. Will detect 20 ACPLA bioaerosol levels with 90% or better probability at a background alarm rate of 1 per month.|
|Air sampling rate for biological aerosol detector||1.4 liters/min|
|Biological sample preparation after trigger signal||Liquid sample: wetted-wall cyclone|
|Confirmatory assay sample preparation after trigger signal||An 8ml sample is automatically provided in a polyethylene vial.|
|Bioassay method||Automated lateral flow immunoassay. Minimum and maximum times-to-detect are 5 and 15 minutes, respectively. Overall time 20 minutes or less.|
|Number of simultaneously identifiable biological agents||Up to 8 agents on a single test cassette.|
|Bioassay procedures performed before system requires service||One|
|Bioassay consumables life||18 months, typical, when stored unopened between 5°C and 40°C. Single-use product.|
|Consumables||1) Bulk deionized water; 2) buffer; and 3) wash fluid. Buffer and wash fluid are provided as single use bottles.|
|Process control details||Industrial PC-based control/protocol software. Touch screen control. Fully automated and integrated sampling, sample preparation, bioassay and cleaning protocols. Immediate operator alert upon any detected fault.|
|Output upon positive result||Immediate light and sound alarms, signal provided for remote alarm.|
|Ethernet connectivity||Standard RJ-45 connection to onboard computer.|
|Operating temperature range||5° to 40° C|
|Environmental standards, shock and vibration||Appropriate sections of MIL-STD-810|
|Power||37 W at 28 VDC|
|Physical footprint (cm)||47.0 W x 24.8 D x 36.5 H (cm)|
|Weight||Dry weight: 13 kg|
|Exterior noise level||70 dBa|
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