Alert Project reaches the finishing line
- Date: Saturday 6th July 2013
Back in 2008, Select Group initiated the Alert Project with the aim of creating a cost-effective, portable airborne asbestos detector that would help save lives globally.
Select led the creation of a consortium of partners representing trade associations, end-user SME's and research organisations.
In 2009, the ALERT Project Consortium submitted a bid to the European Commission under the FP7 "Research for SME's" call and was ranked 9th out of 3,500 entries to be awarded €1.8 million for a 3-year research project.The Alert Project has been a hugely successful as an FP7 project thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of its consortium over the last 3 years.
The initial concept of Alert has been effectively developed from a lab-based scientific method at the University of Hertfordshire into successfully functioning proto-types detecting airborne asbestos fibres in real-time.
The final meeting of the entire consortium took place in late June in Spain at research partner the Institute of Biomechanics Valencia’s (IBV) campus. This final meeting saw consolidation of the Alert prototypes field success as the University of Hertfordshire presented additional field test results.
Valuable ergonomic feedback on the design and functionality of the Alert prototypes was presented by IBV gained from industry focus groups. IBV also produced and presented a short CGI animated film to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos, the objectives of the Alert Project and how the Alert Detector offers improved onsite safety for workers which will be released prior to product launch.
Over the next few weeks a final push in electronics fine tuning, minor amendments to LED displays, continued field-testing in varied environments and the completion of project reports and deliverables as required by the EU’s FP7 funding programme will be concluded.
As exploitation managers and originators of the project, The Select Group are responsible for Alert’s future commercialization and with continued input from many of the original consortium, Select aim to finalize product design and commence manufacture and launch a Professional Alert Detector in mid-2014.