7/10/2020 - Pulse | Are you Washing your Hands the Right Way?

SureWash device is the very first system capable of monitoring both quality and instances of hand hygiene in real time. Providing special training to improve hygiene practices, product is designed for installation above sinks (hospitals, schools, public restrooms, restaurant kitchens, etc.). It as been improved by CEA-Leti, in the frame of #Nanoelec. SureWash device is the very first system capable of monitoring both quality and instances of hand hygiene in real time. Providing special training to improve hygiene practices, product is designed for installation above sinks (hospitals, schools, public restrooms, restaurant kitchens, etc.).

In the frame of the FED4SAE European program, Glanta, an Irish Company, asked Nanoelec and CEA-Leti to help them improve SureWash in a design-to-cost perspective. CEA-Leti’s researchers successfully achieved both software and hardware integrations , leveraging Nanoelec’s Products & Technologies Living-lab. Based in Grenoble, France, and operated by Nanoelec, this R&D platform helps pioneer new technologies finding applications in connected mobility, in-home healthcare and other home services with the main objective to help companies to develop innovative and secure products and services.

Various functional tests of Surewash have been conducted, namely (i) installation of the hardware device on site, (ii) recognition of hands gestures in accordance with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, (iii) feedback of the monitoring provided to the users (iv) cybersecurity matters. SureWash units use cutting-edge computer vision technology to build hand hygiene muscle memory by giving real-time feedback to learners. The last version of the device performs automatic video auditing (AVA) of hand hygiene. AVA is placed over sinks and measures and quantify the level of hand hygiene. In case of poor washing practices, Surewash provides real-time training on the spot.

“The video images never leave the device making them GDPR compliant. The devices were used in a clinical trial within UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and it increased the quality of hand hygiene by 197% and the number of hand wash events by 147%”, said Gerard Lacey, CTO and cofounder of Glanta, who published these results in the American Journal of Infection Control in February 2020.

Founded in 2011, Glanta has been pioneering new techniques in gesture recognition and augmented reality since its inception. Above all, Glanta’s mission is to deliver working applications for camera-based algorithms.

“We are now seeking a partner to commercialize SureWash product at scale”, Lacey adds.

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Surewash under testing at Nanoelec’s Products & Technologies Living-lab © CEA