Israeli Firm Detects COVID-19 by Monitoring Sewers

Israeli company Kando, a wastewater technology firm levering IoT tech, has reported that it was able to detect traces of the novel coronavirus in the sewage system, following its first pilot program in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. The trial, first launched in early June, was conducted with scientists from the Technion – Israel Institute and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in a variety of disciplines, including virology, water engineering, epidemiology, and public health policy.

Founded in 2011, Kando uses IoT, advanced algorithms, and artificial intelligence technologies to enable wastewater utility organizations to detect pollution anomalies and blockages in real-time to keep sewage systems hygienic and working. The company turned its attention toward SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in early April.

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