Kraków firm introduces contactless mobile capsule for coronavirus tests
A Kraków-based company has designed a capsule station for testing whether people have been infected with COVID-19.
The mobile testing station Medicovid offers a sanitary and contactless solution for checking the temperature of people entering hospitals, shops or workplaces.
A prototype of the diagnostic station is currently being tested in Kraków’s Namarol shipyard. The modular building is divided into two sections – one for medical personnel and the other for the people being examined.
Upon entering, a person’s temperature is measured by a thermal imaging camera or a non-contact thermometer operated by personnel in an isolated room. Both sections have their own ventilation and can be automatically disinfected.
Bartłomiej Mikuś from Medicovid told TFN: “Our main motivation is wanting to help and protect as many people as possible, Poles and others, and contain the spread of the disease.
“We put the emphasis on safety because we are convinced that it’s easier to function in an office, workplace or educational institution when you know that there is a detection system at the entrance, which is proven and safe.”
The main advantage of the diagnostic module, far surpassing the tents currently used in front of Polish hospitals, is the lack of contact between the employee and examined person, as well as the full automation.
Mikuś said: “A person entering the building doesn’t touch any surface, because the door is automatically opened in front of him.
“There is a camera installed in front of the building with recorded voice commands to allow entrance. The person stays in an isolated designated area, while the employee can check for potential fever.
“A red or green light is automatically displayed to indicate whether the person can move on.”
If the light is red, the person with a high fever is directed to a hospital for more extensive diagnosis.
While Medicovid was designed for hospitals, workplaces, factories and other facilities with many people entering on a daily basis, it’s applications may be much wider. The module is already equipped with a system that sprays a disinfecting mist in case a potential carrier of the virus is inside.
“This room can already be used to disinfect workers in protective clothing,” added Mikuś. As such it could be used by hospital staff working with both COVID-19 and other patients.
Medicovid is a branch of Wotel, a company specializing in constructing floating hotels. Thanks to their experience in modular architecture they have both the know-how and technical capabilities to produce even 100 diagnostic stations in a month.