The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has teamed up withÂ TrekReader to create a pocket-sizedÂ deviceÂ for warfighters, nurses and first responders to detect hazardous chemical or biological substances, DVIDSÂ reported Tuesday.
TrekReader secured non-exclusive rightsÂ to leverage theÂ VOCKit technologyÂ as part ofÂ aÂ patent licensing agreement with RDECOM'sÂ Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and both parties also agreed to jointly develop a new handheld universal reader under a collaborative research and development agreement.
Robert Baumgardner,Â TrekReader CEO, said he believes theÂ Army-developed toolÂ has the potential to recognize multiple biological threats.
"The sooner a personâ€™s infection can be identified the sooner parent notification, health care logistical support and/or isolation can be accomplished,â€ Baumgardner added.
He plans to file a patent application on a method that would allowÂ VOCKitÂ to interfaceÂ with smartphones and physiological monitoring devices such as fitness trackers.
The center estimates theÂ technology can read as many asÂ 48 diseases.