Starting in the fourth quarter of 2020, Airbus will start using a new odor detector at airports to help examine passengers for dangerous chemicals, as the new device is being developed in partnership with Koniku , A California startup that designs computer chips with integrated biological cells.
According to the British “Daily Mail” website, the new program will develop “genetically engineered odor receptors” from Koniku On Airbus aircraft and airports to help identify explosives and other potentially dangerous materials.
The founder said Koniku Ochiorenoya answered to the Financial Times: “We have developed a technique that can detect the smell – it breathes air, and basically tells you what is in the air.”
The device developed for Airbus will contain two different types of cells, either embryonic kidney cells, sometimes known as cells HEK, Or astrocytes, which are a star-shaped brain cell.
According to the company Airbus, It is planned that the sensors for the first general test will be used by the end of the year in the airport inspection areas, and may later be introduced in regular use on the aircraft themselves.
“Technology has a very fast response time of less than 10 seconds in the best conditions, and with this level of maturity, it’s a great result and we hope it will improve over time,” said Julian Tozo of Airbus.
This technology can eventually be used to replace bomb-sniffing dogs, which are a common sight at many US airports – although these measures are funded and deployed by the Transportation Security Administration, not Airbus.
to me Koniku Airport Security is just the beginning of a much larger plan to create a network of sensors that can detect a wide range of vehicles, including disease indicators.