Monday, January 11, 2016

A Geneva startup stalking pollen Laser – Tribune de Genève

Plair SA, based in Plan-les-Ouates, has emerged in the commercial register until 15 August 2014. With a capital of 100,000 francs. And this young shoot of the Geneva economy seems to have already reached the age of reason. This specialist monitoring the air quality has indeed win any victory, following a public tender procedure in Catalonia.

Plair actually retains SA already the world’s attention with his creation: the PA-300. This machine incorporates its own laser technology, a particle library, a data processing system and a dashboard online. With these attributes, the AP-300 is demonstrating his talents against a first target: pollens.

This detector has already instantaneously identifies various pollen species with almost absolute precision (greater than 99%) and sensitivity of a particle per cubic meter. Having been himself observed this performance, the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences (IC3) has just made his choice: he adopted the AP-300 to conduct research on the spread of organic microparticles in the air, related climate effects.

“The manual analysis of the pollen under a microscope still is the current standard, it is very time consuming,” stated MeteoSwiss in December 2014. The company has tested various prototypes, the PA-300 and decided to continue testing with the promising system of the Geneva firm.

And now the time seems to satisfaction in this office dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs. Bernard Clot, a specialist MeteoSwiss: “The PA-300 is revolutionizing the observation of pollen in the air thanks to its automatic monitoring system in real time. Other existing systems use a sample collection and identification of a long pollen microscope. The sensor developed in Geneva also offers the possibility to detect different types of particles. This perspective opens up a huge field of applications “

The two founders of Plair SA, Denis Kiselev and Svetlana Afonina confirm.” Users of our detector can develop their own libraries of particles due to the flexibility of this technology. The PA-300 has also demonstrated its ability to differentiate various air pollutants. “

The prototype was designed to University of Geneva , with the assistance of the National Centre of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology. The company was increasingly supported by the State of Geneva through the Fongit (Geneva Foundation for Technological Innovation) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (body linked to the federal government). (TDG)

(Created: 1/11/2016, 2:33 p.m.)


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