By incorporating traditional methods of harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring and bolstering them with innovative solutions, BloomOptix assists clients’ understanding of their waterbodies through a suite of analyses of various data sources. One such resource is a patent-pending AI-powered microscopy tool that, with minimal training, enables clients to monitor their waterways for HAB-causing cyanobacteria, producing timely and actionable data in as little as 30 seconds.
Typical monitoring methods for algal blooms range from heavy reliance on crude, naked-eye observations and sighting reports, to lab analyses that require expensive instruments and shipping samples to certified labs. These methods can result in false positives, leading to unnecessary interventions (e.g., beach closures, use of advanced water treatment) or multi-day lag times.
In comes BloomOptix Freshwater AI.
Using an easy-to-use iOS app interface (Android coming soon), BloomOptix AI provides the means to automatically identify and count cyanobacterial cells belonging to six of the most common HAB producing genera: Microcystis, Dolichospermum, Aphanizomenon, Woronichinia, Limnoraphis, and Gloeotrichia.
By teaming up with our partners at ioLight, BloomOptix AI replaces the need for expensive equipment with a low-cost, mobile device compatible microscope, providing more data than sensors or traditional microscopes alone. Perhaps most importantly, all sample and field data uploaded to the BloomOptix app is geolocated, linked with weather data, and databased, ensuring you never lose another datapoint nor have to fill out a field data sheet again.
BloomOptix AI app available for iOS on June 1, 2023.
Android version coming soon.
HOW IT WORKS
Collect a water sample suspected of having a HAB.
Fix the sample onto a slide and image the sample using an ioLight 2mm microscope.
Upload the images and field data to BloomOptix AI, tell us where you collected the sample and hit submit.
Within approximately 30 seconds, you will receive easily sharable results and AI-labeled images to review.
BLOOMOPTIX IN ACTION
unique instances of HABs tested
states represented: NY, WI, OK, OH, and MD