Sentinel is a tele-epidemiology system that rapidly diagnoses and reports disease data in real time to a cloud network. It also safely collects viral samples for further analysis. The system utilizes emerging microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology with IoT connectivity to enable health services to gather essential outbreak information, such as the percentage of the local population infected, locational insights on the outbreak origin, and who is vulnerable to infection. In contrast to swab tests, for which reliable results can take several hours, Sentinel provides results within 30 seconds, enabling health authorities to make faster and more informed decisions to prevent further spread and an escalation to the level of a pandemic.
Designed by: Oliver Evans of Northumbria University