The ALERT LAB is a stand-alone, remotely controllable, autonomous analyzer that automatically measures bacteria in a manually collected fluid sample. It performs automatic incubation, optical monitoring (multispectral absorbance and fluorescence) and wireless data transmission, providing rapid enumeration of bacteria.
The ALERT LAB greatly simplifies measurement logistics, eliminates the need for sample refrigeration during transportation prior to standard laboratory analysis, and minimizes errors due to sample degradation between collection and measurement.
Activated via a cell phone or a web interface, ALERT LAB issues automatic alerts when thresholds are exceeded, allowing for increased operator reactivity to pollution events.
A fully automated floating version (see ALERT System V2) is also available, which can be installed in-situ, thus eliminating the need for expensive infrastructure (piping, pumps, cabinets, communication equipment, etc.)
The ALERT LAB can be used in a variety of settings for quantifying E. coli, total coliforms, fecal coliforms or enterococci: