TrekReader, Army Partner to Develop Handheld Chemical, Biological Threat Detector

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has teamed up with TrekReader to create a pocket-sized device for warfighters, nurses and first responders to detect hazardous chemical or biological substances, DVIDS reported Tuesday.

TrekReader secured non-exclusive rights to leverage the VOCKit technology as part of a patent licensing agreement with RDECOM's 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, TrekReader CEO, said he believes the Army-developed tool has the potential to recognize multiple biological threats.

"The sooner a person's infection can be identified the sooner parent notification, health care logistical support and/or isolation can be accomplished,“ Baumgardner added.

He plans to file a patent application on a method that would allow VOCKit to interface with smartphones and physiological monitoring devices such as fitness trackers.

The center estimates the technology can read as many as 48 diseases.

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