CNN Highlights How Koniku Could Transform Airport Security

November 10, 2020

The Whipsaw-designed Koniku Kore Bioelectric Sensor is poised to become a critical part of the airport security process. Kore’s revolutionary technology uses ethically-sourced living brain neurons from mice fused to a silicon chip to effectively “smell” molecular compounds in the air, such as pathogens, explosives, and cancer cells.

In airport situations, this innovation would mimic how security dogs sniff out explosives. Kore, however, works 24 hours a day with more accurate results while eliminating the costs involved with training and caring for dogs.

Kore was developed by Silicon Valley-based biotechnology startup Koniku,
founded by Osh Agabi. Koniku approached Whipsaw to create an aesthetically mysterious and alien-like design that would enable its disruptive technology to test the air in all directions.

These lightweight and compact devices could be installed at multiple locations throughout airports and at aircraft entrances.

Kore’s cutting edge sensing capabilities open up an exciting new realm of possibilities, including Covid-19 detection at airports. This would make the passenger screening process more efficient and convenient while helping to stop the spread of Covid.

“The thought of living cells integrated with and informing a computer is far out and futuristic, and therefore so is the design,” said Dan Harden, Koniku Kore co-designer and CEO of Whipsaw, Inc. 

Koniku is set to begin field trials in December at Changi Airport in Singapore and San Francisco International Airport in partnership with aerospace company Airbus.

 

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