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Hebrew U start-up remotely detects biological indicators from sweat

By David Schwartz
Published: March 16th, 2016

Yissum Research Development Company, the tech transfer arm of the Hebrew University, has formed a start-up that’s developing remote sensing technology to assess various human biological indicators. The start-up, Neteera Technologies, raised $2 million from private investors in its just-completed first funding round.

Neteera’s novel technology is based on the detection of electromagnetic emissions from sweat ducts. It enables reliable and speedy biometric identification, as well as monitoring of other physiological parameters, including stress, fatigue, pain, alcohol influence, drug abuse, and medical diagnostics. All of these indicators can be remotely monitored with a unique sub-terahertz (THz) imaging camera.

The technology enables identification of a person while simultaneously measuring his or her stress level, thus providing a powerful tool for homeland security purposes. Another potential application is remote monitoring of alcohol levels of drivers, offering a valuable tool for the automotive industry.

The technology was invented by Prof. Yuri Feldman from the Department for Applied Physics and Dr. Paul Ben Ishai, Manager of The Center for Electromagnetic Research and Characterization (CERC), both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“We are pleased with the successful first round of capital we raised, shortly after founding the company. The money will be used to continue our research and development efforts towards creating a commercial product,” said Isaac Litman, the company’s CEO. “Sensing the electromagnetic properties of the skin via sweat ducts allows for remote, non-invasive, seamless and safe detection of various human biological indicators. Our technology offers unique possibilities in a variety of potential markets, including transportation, IT, consumer electronics, homeland security and healthcare. We are looking forward to the launch of our first biometric ID product in the first half of 2017,” Litman added.

The electromagnetic signature of the skin is unique to different individuals and correlates with the distribution and dielectric properties of the sweat ducts. Consequently, the sub-THz image of the palm, thumb, and other areas of the body can be assessed as a unique identifier, based on a highly accurate 3D analysis.

Neteera is also developing a cost-effective, mass producible THz camera based on a silicon-base MEMS nano-technology concept. The camera will also be a main component in future applications such as remote, non-invasive security scans for detection of hidden weapons as well as detection and identification of drugs and explosives.

Source: PR Newswire

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