Quansor Corporation

The Quansor Corporation, led by John Merrill, has developed a new type of quantum resonance sensor for detecting Arsenic and other water-borne contaminants at very low concentrations and was recently awarded a substantial grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue further development of the apparatus.

The Quansor Monitor is a real-time water monitor that can be used safely in both residential and commercial scenarios for monitoring the effectiveness of treatment systems that may be in place for mitigating the arsenic levels from the tap or well.

Quansor owns two US patents, US 5,990,684 and 6,232,783, that cover the basic monitor. Additional patents will be filed with the University of Kentucky and Quansor being co-inventors.

Because of the esoteric nature of the sensors, and the need to construct a “user friendly” interface for the sensors, Quansor needed to find expert technicians and programmers to get the job done. The interface needed to be powerful enough for lab technicians but user-friendly enough for consumers operating the device in a residential setting.

Quansor selected WWBTC in part because of the unique skillset our team has and our successful track record with developing sophisticated, but unique, systems. WWBTC has worked extensively with the Quansor team to help them build and refine their instrument.

Our team at WWBTC developed a hardware and software system that would allow the Quansor Monitor to run and record data without the need of local supervision.  Using the Linux operating system as well as a MYSQL database back-end, we were able to construct an environment where the monitor would perform its scheduled tasks autonomously and record its data to the database.  We also created a HTML/CSS/Javascript webpage, with a PHP back-end, that would allow the users of the Quansor Monitor to view the recordings stored in the database.  Much attention was given to the graphs, developed using JGraph, that provide great insight to the progress of the monitor over long periods of time.  The web interface is accessed via TCP/IP and an Ethernet network.  This provides easy access for operators, whether that be a home user or a group of researchers, to monitor, or download, the data by using any computer with an internet connection. This also opens up the possibility of one individual being able to manage hundreds or thousands of machines connected to one management network anywhere in the world, via the internet.

After establishing a working prototype, we worked with the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky and David Atwood to construct a user interface that would allow the lab at UK to monitor and edit tests without the need to be physically present at device.  It also allowed Quansor scientists and other interested engineers to examine the data in real-time over the internet as the testing was being performed at UK.

This same technology also allows residential users to directly monitor the contaminant levels of the water within their own home from where ever they happen to be. WWBTC enjoys an ongoing relationship for Quansor Corp.

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