After performing end-user site visits in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, we made the decision to incorporate a flexible housing design and fast track our plans to develop a stand-alone, multi-port system. Users will be able to test up to five water samples for E.coli and Total Coliform simultaneously, still getting all the results from each test after 1 hour. The first version of the Cloud-based Data Centre and our smart barcoded sampling bottles and test kits is operational. The model below will be used in Usability Field Tests with municipalities, wastewater management companies, First Nations communities, and irrigation districts among others. This evaluation model only has the capability of testing one sample at a time and will be used in the first phase of Usability Field Tests, starting August 2020. The final goal is to use feedback obtained during this phase of field testing and develop 10 deployable unit, each with 5 sample testing capability for the soft launch.
Users will be able to test up to five water samples for E.coli and Total Coliform simultaneously, still getting all the results from each test after 1 hour.
One possibility is to investigate whether potential users could undertake VeloCens™ testing at their facilities with Roshan Water™’s remote support.
Production of the plastic injection mold and 500+ E.coli and Total Coliform cartridges is rescheduled for end of July. We need to wait until social distancing measures are lifted and onsite visits are once again permitted. We will likely need to think creatively about how to accomplish Usability Field Testing without having in-person contact should the Covid-19 social distancing measures continue throughout the summer. One possibility is to investigate whether potential users could undertake VeloCens™ testing at their facilities with Roshan Water™’s remote support. Please email us with any thoughts or feedback you have about this idea.
Internal development of new design of device electronics pushed to October. This is important work needed to lower the commercial device footprint and its cost, and provide better control of in-house manufacturing volumes.
VeloCens™ has been calibrated for quantification of E.coli and Total Coliform using actual field samples, and we obtained categorical performance characteristics for quantification according to the procedure described by ISO 13843:2017. Some work remains to improve the False Positive rate. The 2nd set of performance characteristic tests has been delayed to the end of August 2020 due to the current pandemic situation. As a result, the submission of our US EPA ATP Study Design will likely be delayed to the end of October 2020. Note: this delay will not stop us from undertaking Usability Field Tests with our VeloCens™ system.
Fortunately, we have grown our intellectual property portfolio through advancing Roshan Water™’s core patent application and applying for Canadian trademark registrations.
Our CEO and Co-founder Amir Sohrabi presented at the 2nd Annual Water Week Conference hosted by the Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association and the 22nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow hosted by the Alberta On-site Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA). If you’d like a copy of the presentation, we’d be happy to email it to you.
We would love to stay in touch and hear your needs and concerns. If you have information to share or questions to ask, please reach out.