Mumbai: IIT launches a Covid-19 Test Bus in Mumbai capable of conducting 5 million tests per month. The Covid-19 Test Bus is based on indigenous technology and is the first vehicle of its kind in the world with onboard genetic testing, AI-based teleradiology, and contactless sample collection.  The IIT C19 Test Bus is based on the indigenous Kodoy Technology Stack and executed by partner organisations led by IIT alumni. The Kodoy architecture involves e-vehicles for sample selection and telemedicine, algorithm-based pooled genetic testing, and indigenous mega labs capable of up to 5 million tests per month per lab.

The medical equipment on board comprises a low dosage digital X-ray, real-time teleradiology, contactless swab collection, and instant RNA testing. The bus has been configured keeping for heavy rains and has 384 sq.ft of lab space onboard. It also has a wireless robotic teleoperated ultrasound lung probe as and nanopore gene sequencer. The COVID Bus will be visiting various slum locations & effectively isolate the high-risk suspects. It can reduce the cost of testing by over 80% without compromising on testing.

On Maharashtra Day on May 1, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Alumni Council launched a test bus that can reduce the cost of testing by over 80% without compromising on the testing capacity. IIT Alumni is a Global alumni body for all the twenty-three IITs.

Ravi Sharma, President, IIT Alumni Council,  “The IIT Alumni Council has taken a proactive approach to supporting the Government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 challenge. We have swiftly and set up the IIT C19 Task Force to channelize the energies of the global IIT Alumni for this fight.”

Sharma added, “The COVID-19 Test bus is based on indigenous technology and to the best of our knowledge, is the first vehicle of its kind in the world with onboard genetic testing, AI-based technology, and contactless sample collection. We chose Mumbai as the launch location given the relatively high number of cases in the city.”

At first, a digital chest x-ray would be carried out and sent to the doctors online. The healthcare staff will then use artificial intelligence to see the probability of a person having coronavirus. Dr. Muffazal Lakadawala, Chief Medical Officer at NSCI hub said that after collecting the swab from the mouth and throat which is done across a glass screen whilst fully protecting the technician from any kind of contact with the patient. These samples are then sent to the diagnostic centres. The test bus has a capacity to collect 10-15 test samples per hour.