New monitoring device to protect workers in hazardous conditions
Jeffrey La Belle’s Biosensor Lab at Arizona State University is leading research behind development of a health and environmental monitoring device designed for emergency first-responders and people who work in places with hazardous substances and materials.
La Belle is an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health System’s Engineering in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
In collaboration with InXsol, a Phoenix-based e-learning and simulation development company, La Belle is working on the product called ExposureTrack.
Using technology similar to a smartphone, the device will provide information about workers’ level of exposure to materials that could pose health and safety risks.
The venture has recently been awarded Phase 1 funding through the Small Business Innovation Research program of the National Institute of Environmental Heath Sciences.
According to an InXsol news release, ExposureTrack will provide “data fusion and visualizations of an exposure activity stream transcript, which includes environmental and health surveillance data.”
In the second phase of the product’s development, La Belle and the company will complete design and begin manufacture of the portable, wearable device, and then launch commercialization efforts.