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Date:3/2/2012

ich was inspired by the networking of automotive control units, even makes it possible to access individual pieces of equipment over the Internet. "Using smallCAN and LabOS, we can make lab operations almost entirely self-contained and testing can take place automatically," says Schmitt. That cuts down significantly on paperwork. Instead of spending precious time filling out report forms, technicians can concentrate on actual lab work, for instance preparing or organizing test tubes. This allows laboratories to increase both the throughput of samples and the quality of the results.

For some time now, the project partners have been able to demonstrate just how well all this technology works together thanks to a mobile lab. Housed in a truck that is traveling all over South Africa, it is mainly working to diagnose AIDS and tuberculosis. "Our central control module even gives us access to truck data, for instance the current temperature inside the lab," says Schmitt. He is convinced this automation technology can also be put to use in normal labs. "Once you've managed to set up that sort of apparatus in such a tiny space, and to operate on the move a normal lab is child's play." Schmitt and his colleagues will be presenting the LabOS software, smallCAN and a model of the truck at MEDTEC Europe from March 13 to 15, 2012, in Stuttgart (Hall 6, Booth 6211).


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Contact: Daniel Schmitt
daniel.schmitt@ibmt.fraunhofer.de
49-689-498-0120
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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