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Cross-reality pathogen environmental monitoring technology launched

22 November 2019

Mixed reality experts, Luminous Group, has raised over £400,000 to support the launch of new software designed to reduce hygiene risks in food processing plants. 

It is hoped that traXR will help prevent outbreaks of pathogens in food manufacturing plants by using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify high risk areas where dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and listeria could be present. The information is presented in real-time through a mixed reality headset, which allows users to track and add information while walking the factory floor. 
Commenting on the solution, Ben Bennett, managing director at Luminous Group said: “The technology can combine multiple information sources, including areas where people work, airflows on the property and previous risk assessments, with a digital map of the factory floor to determine high risk areas where pathogens are likely to develop. This will help prevent outbreaks of pathogens, reduce downtime and increase efficiencies.”

The investment round was led by the North East Venture Fund (NEVF), which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Mercia, and included funding from private investors. The firm is now planning to create 28 new jobs over the next three years as it expands its management and technical teams.

The latest funding round follows a £250,000 investment from Mercia from its EIS funds in 2017. Ian Wilson, investment manager with Mercia, said: “We first supported Luminous Group almost two years ago to help it develop this cutting-edge technology and the latest investment will allow the company to bring it to market. TraXR will improve hygiene standards and set a new benchmark within the food industry, and ultimately may have applications across a wide range of industries.” 

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