COVID-19: Magnus Poirier Innovates for its Customers’ Well-Being
Since June 28, 2021, public health measures related to COVID-19 have been relaxed throughout Quebec. With the transition to the green alert level, Magnus Poirier’s funeral homes are now allowed to host a greater number of visitors. And so, the company is innovating by installing a device to measure and monitor air quality. The introduction of the BioCloud is intended to protect both employees and customers.
BioCloud, a Canadian innovation to detect the COVID-19 virus in ambient air
The global pandemic has impacted every aspect of daily life for over a year. Scientific research has shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, can remain in the air for extended periods of time.
Improving air filtration can be an important strategy for better air quality. However, without the use of viral detection technology, we can’t know whether the virus is present. This is why we are testing the BioCloud device.
What is the BioCloud device?
BioCloud is a real-time detection system that continuously monitors and analyzes air quality in buildings. The device wants to promote health in buildings and a return to normalcy in the global economy. The BioCloud viral detection technology is designed to identify viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in the air.
In concrete terms, Kontrol’s BioCloud is installed in an enclosed area intended for public use. The device includes:
- A continuous air quality sampling pump
- A fan for air circulation
- An exclusive detection chamber and reagent
- A real-time controller
- A laser-based detector
How does the capture and detection process work?
- The viral load is coated to capture SARS-CoV-2.
- When the SARS-CoV-2 virus is introduced into the capture system, it fuses with the viral load.
- Next, a reagent is added to bind to the captured SARS-CoV-2 virus.
- A high-energy laser is used to detect the virus and trigger the reagent.
- The reagent responds by emitting energy, which is captured by a photodetector and analyzed. If the virus is detected, the device sends a notification.
- BioCloud continuously samples the air quality and triggers a silent alert as soon as the threshold is exceeded.
This is the same device that the Canadian Olympic Committee will use for real-time viral detection to help keep the Canadian team healthy and safe during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The federal government of Canada and the province of Ontario provided funding for this product. The goal of this 100% Canadian invention is to become an important tool in the global fight against the virus. BioCloud offers comfort, security and peace of mind.
A first in Quebec
Magnus Poirier is the first company in Quebec to use the BioCloud. The device is installed in the hallway of the complex at 10300 Pie-IX Boulevard, at the corner of Fleury Street. In the event that the presence of COVID-19 is detected in one of our funeral homes, Magnus Poirier employees will be alerted and the premises evacuated. You can be assured of our dedication and commitment to preserving the health of people who visit our funeral homes.
Magnus Poirier is leading the way! You can visit one of our funeral homes with the confidence that we’re doing everything to keep you safe.
In keeping with our desire to innovate, discover our online funeral arrangement and prearrangement services.