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Pollen Monitor

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Monitoring the pollen counts (Bio-Aerosol-Analysator)

Widespread disease pollen allergy

Pollen allergies have become a widespread disease. Every year, during the bloom of many plants, about 12 million citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany (every seventh person!) suffer from acute symptoms that reach from allergic rhinitis to life-threatening anaphylactic shocks.

Needs of allergic persons

For their daily routine, allergic persons strongly depend on up-to-date information about pollen counts in their area, e. g. to adjust their daily medications or to plan their open air activities.

The solution

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), Sankt Augustin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxiology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM), Hannover, Helmut Hund GmbH has developed the BAA (Bio Aerosole Analyser) and reached series production readiness.

The method used today for the collection and analysis of pollen is manual and causes delays and inaccuracies in the results. The pollen traps are not emptied on a daily base and the analysis under a microscope depends on the experience of the pollen counter.

The BAA 500 automated pollen monitor has a number of unique advantages:

  • Up to date pollen information based online data
    Transmission of pollen concentration in a cycle of 1 – 3 hours (quasi on line)
  • High accuracy in determining species and concentrations
    Recognition rates of typ. 90%
  • Extension to other pollen species
    Currently the BAA 500 recognises 38 different kind of pollen. By training the system it can be extended to other pollen species

 

Relief for allergic persons

Thanks to the real-time and accurate determination of pollen concentrations an up to date pollen forecast is now possible. Allergic persons can plan their day and adapt their medications.

An outstanding tool

Within the framework of clinical studies or for the investigating of patients’ reactions on allergic reactions on pollen including the effectiveness of medicaments and the correlation of discomfort and pollen concentration is of high importance. By means of the BAA 500 both, the speed and accuracy of investigations are significantly enhanced.