|microLAN specialized in early warning systems for water quality monitoring, based on light measurements.
- ALGcontrol - Fluorescence monitoring of algae classes and toxic algae
- BACTcontrol - Enzymatic monitoring of bacteria growth
- iToxcontrol - online toxicity monitoring for chemical screening
The ALGcontrol makes use of fluorescence excitation. This means that when chlorophyll molecules absorb light, a fraction of the energy absorbed is reemitted as fluorescence. Due to the fact that algae of the same division contain a similar quantity and quality of pigments, their fluorescence excitation spectrum (with a fixed emission wavelength at 680nm) is significant. Thus, it is possible to differentiate divisions of algae by their fluorescence excitation spectrum.
The BACTcontrol detects the presence of bacteria activity in water and can be used as an online screening monitor for total and specific bacteria in water. It is based on an enzymatic reaction that makes the bacteria visible for fluorescence detection. The BACTcontrol can be used for detection of E. coli, coliforms and total bacteria activity in water. In 2016 the detection of enterococci bacteria activity will be introduced as an extension to the enzyme detection of the BACTcontrol.
The iTOXcontrol is a unique system for on-line monitoring of the chemical toxicity of waste, surface, drinking or process water. It is an early warning system to signal sudden peak values of chemical and other toxic pollutions, like heavy metals, within 30 minutes. In any event or breakdown it is possible to act within minutes, compared to routinely measured parameters that take hours or sometimes days to signal sudden changes in the water quality. Due to the fast warning by iTOXcontrol, it is possible to limit potential damage or narrow the pollution down to a small section of the drink water distribution network.
- microLAN, based in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, is a company specialized in early warning systems for water quality monitoring, based on light measurements.
- microLAN has developed a full range of fully automated online monitoring devices for guarding the quality of drinking, surface and process waters.
- microLAN now supplies three complementary systems that detect Algae, Bacteria and Chemical-Toxicity pollutions.
- microLAN’s online monitors instantly response to a change in water quality, giving an alarm signal to indicate a possible water pollution.
The devices are in use by water utilities and industries all around the world that take in surface water and want to monitor the water quality in the production and throughout the distribution network.
The advantage of microLAN’s monitoring instruments is that the water is guarded permanently, avoiding the need for a high frequent collection of water samples and lab analyses.
A possible pollution is detected quickly, allowing the operator to take appropriate action immediately and prevent further damage to customers and the environment.
The newly developed BACTcontrol detects the presence of bacteria activity – including E.coli and
coliforms – in water. The online monitoring is based on an Enzymatic reaction that makes the bacteria
visible for fluorescence detection.
References of users include water supply companies, environmental laboratories and operators of bathing facilities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Spain.
The company conducts research and development through collaborations with customers and specialized research organizations focusing on new technologies and geared to market demand.Its current products, which include the iTOXcontrol monitor and the ALGcontrol for monitoring algae species and bio-toxins, enables microLAN to provide quick, sensitive, environmentally-friendly and cost effective monitoring solutions.