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Bangalore based hardware tech startup – Social Hardware has developed a 3D printed splitter, a unique ventilator expansion device and Venturi Valve Respirator

The IoT solutions startup – Limelight IT solutions have developed an augmented gateway to monitor oxygen supply across locations

Red Carbon TechnoHub is a Pune based startup that has piloted an environment-friendly and energy-efficient solution for the Oxygen generation system.

All three startups are incubated at iCreate under the SSS(Level1/Level2) scheme.

Ahmedabad, NFAPost: Invest India has recognised the three startups in its repository of technologies from incubators focused on COVID-19 intervention that can be supported by CSR spending by Corporate India

India’s battle against Covid-19 is peaking at the moment with daily tolls breaking records. At this crucial juncture, iCreate has announced the launch of critical health-tech devices developed by three respective startups incubated with the institution.

The devices will help in altering ICU ventilators to host multiple patients at the same time and augmenting large scale oxygen supply chains. Furthermore, these devices are ready for mass deployment to support healthcare institutions and hospitals to optimize their resources to the fullest immediately.

3D printed splitter

Developed by Social Hardware, 3D printed splitter is a unique ventilator expansion device that allows a single ventilator to support up to two or four patients during a time of acute equipment shortage.

The splitter is available either in 1 x 2 or 1 x 4 model, making it possible to host 2 or 4 patients on the same equipment, respectively. Specifically designed to bypass ventilator deficiency, these 3D printed devices can be developed using already available materials or materials from the existing medical devices and produced at minimum cost.

The startup also has developed a second device; Venturi Valve Respirator that can be used for airflow control through varying its annular orifice to modulate the flow of air. The cone is situated on an actuated shaft, which enables flow control through the full range (0%-100%) of the valve.

Pure oxygen

Applying the venturi effect in the tube, the valve is powered by a stream of pure oxygen (100% O2) and is diffused with an air stream (21% O2) resulting in a high flow, high oxygen stream at the outlet. It is 3D printed as a single consolidated part that requires no assembly.

The IoT enabled solution Chief Beta (Industrial IoT Gateway) developed by Limelight IT solutions, is an industrial gateway that can easily plug into the oxygen supply lines of hospitals and allied healthcare institutions to monitor, perform audits, detect and send leakage alerts.

The solution, ready to be deployed on a large scale, will help in monitoring the oxygen supply network in real-time from a single automated dashboard.

Oxyter developed by RedCarbon TechnoHub is a portable Oxygen Generator that works on Electrolysis. The innovation aims to reduce the complexity, mass, size and environmental impact along with power consumption required for O2 generation.

Gas/liquid separation

The system developed by RedCarbon does not require a compressor instead works on a simple model of gas/liquid separation device during water electrolysis. The current prototype can generate 2 Litres of oxygen per HOUR (can be easily scaled up) with cost limited to Rs. 2 to Rs 3 /Litre. The purity of the oxygen generated is estimated to be 90-95 %. The startup is in the process of going for manufacturing.

Talking about the innovations, iCreate CEO Anupam Jalote said iCreate is going through the toughest of times, with morbid news coming in at all hours.

“With the healthcare system in the country being stretched thin, deploying pragmatic technological interventions is the need of the hour. The most pressing need being an augmented O2 supply chain across the country. Having an IoT backed platform to remotely monitor and audit oxygen supply alongside devices like ventilator splitters, respiratory valves and lost cost oxygen generators will support India’s existing infrastructure and help us utilise our resources to the maximum,” said Anupam Jalote.

Cost-effective

Anupam Jalote also pointed out that these innovations that startups have come up with are cost-effective and immediately quickly deployable. “It is during this period that we can truly bank on technology and our innovation ecosystem to alleviate the situation and help us manage it better,” said Anupam Jalote.

iCreate will be spearheading the process for these innovations to be deployed across hospitals. Gauging the demand for state-of-the-art hardware technology solutions, the incubator will work closely with the startups to augment the production and supply chain.

Recently, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in its circular had decided to expand its scope for CSR to include funds spent on Covid-19 related activities. In this regard, the Social Impact Team at Invest India recognised and included the three startups incubated at iCreate in its repository of technologies from technology incubators focused on Covid-19 intervention that can be supported by the aforementioned CSR spending.

Assistive devices

Social Hardware is a Bangalore based hardware tech company developing technological solutions to problems identified by impact organisations, non-profits working at grassroots, rural or urban level. They have been associated with key areas including medical devices, assistive devices, frugal innovation.

LimelightIT solutions is an Ahmedabad based industrial solutions startup with clients like JBM, Tata motors, Coventry coils, etc. The startup provides IoT enabled solutions across industries including Enterprise & Factories, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, Hospitality.

RedCarbon TechnoHub is a nanotechnology startup based in Ahmedabad/Mumbai. Focused on interdisciplinary research, the company has developed a total of 9 technologies against COVID19 pandemic and have commercialised two of them. The technology innovations are currently patent pending.

Autonomous centre

iCreate (International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology) is an autonomous centre of excellence of the Government of Gujarat and is India’s largest institution for transforming startups based on tech innovation into successful businesses.

Located in a state-of-the-art 40-acre campus at Dev Dholera in Ahmedabad, to date it has supported over 262 innovations and 20 patents with a ‘high-touch, entrepreneur first’ model, connecting them with mentors, markets, and money.

Embedded systems and IoT are a focus area for iCreate, in domains like electric vehicles, agritech, smart cities, healthtech, industrial automation, renewable energy, among others. It is home to Cisco’s largest Innovation Lab in India and has partnerships with leading institutions in the US, Israel and other countries.

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