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M Ram Ramasamy, president, Essel Propack

JBL Proscan and Techkon AquaCatcherSmartphone-based water testing

Since the beginning of the year, the smartphone-based water test JBL Proscan is available in aquaristic and pet shops. Based on Techkon’s AquaCatcher technology water values get analyzed quickly and easily and recommendations on how to increase the water quality are given. The product a good market response worldwide and was already acclaimed by the retail market as one of the most innovative products of 2015.

Since the beginning of the year, the smartphone-based water test JBL Proscan is available in aquaristic and pet shops. Techkon, a Germany based company for color capturing and color communication for mobile devices, has developed this innovative application for JBL.

Techkon, a Germany based company for color capturing and color communication for mobile devices, has developed this innovative application for JBL. Water samples are usually analyzed by using paper or plastic strips with chemicals reagents applied which change the color depending on the contamination of the water. So far these test strips have been visually compared to color references printed on the test strip packages. The reliability of this method is limited by external factors such as ambient light, color perception of the user and printing quality and aging of the package. TECHKON AquaCatcher makes this process safe and reliable.

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The solution consists of two components –  The AquaCatcher smartphone app and the credit card-sized ColorChart. The user dips the test strip into the water sample and then places it on the ColorChart. After launching the app he captures the ColorChart and the test strip on top with the smartphone camera.The rest is done automatically with TECHKONs IP-secured ColorCatcher technology. The result screen displays clearly the water quality parameters. The data can be used for trend reports or for sending the data to a laboratory. AquaCatcher has two main advantages: higher analysis precision compared to the visual method and the digital availability of the measurement results.

Techkon offers the AquaCatcher technology as an OEM-solution to companies active in all different areas of water testing such as food industry, environmental and agriculture applications, fish industry, swimming pool water testing, or otherwise basically everywhere, where water quality has to be analyzed and monitored.