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Real time analysis of sars-cov-2 variants by wastewater and surface collections.



Territorial health monitoring system for the covid-19 epidemic:
Real time analysis of sars-cov-2 variants by wastewater and surface collections

SARS-CoV-2 is still actively circulating and the threat is evolving as new variants appear. The authorities require a tool to visualise the evolution of the epidemic, so that they can take appropriate measures to protect citizens and "sensitive" sites (nursing homes, hospitals, schools, nurseries or defence sites).

Today the concentration of SARS-CoV2 in wastewater in local areas provides the earliest indicators for monitoring the epidemic, ahead of individual nasopharyngeal tests (approximately six days in advance). This collective, non-invasive, efficient method can provide a short-term forecast of the local risk of the epidemic. Based on real-time monitoring of the progression of each variant it can enable the local healthcare system to adapt and be prepared.

Targeted at "sensitive" sites and critical infrastructures, it permits protecting the most vulnerable and maintaining critical sites in operation.

It is within this framework that three leading operators are joining  forces to offer a complete real-time decision management system (i) OpenHealth, a leading French player in the collection, processing and analysis  of health data on behalf of the authorities, industry and research organisations, (ii) the elite NRBCE - COMETE unit of the Marseille Firefighters' Battalion, with its technical and operational excellence, particularly in high quality sampling and analysis, and (iii) SICPA, leader in secure traceability and authentication technologies.

This system, which is likely to mobilise civil security forces, provides territories with an agile, sectorized capacity for action by identifying the emergence of potential clusters and taking appropriate, efficient measures e.g. a screening campaign within an establishment.

This solution is highly operational and can be immediately deployed within a few days anywhere in France and internationally. In addition to the daily epidemiological monitoring capacity, it enables highly localised actions to be taken at territory or neighbourhood level or for a healthcare center or a specific sensitive site.  

The system is comprehensive and adaptable. It includes a precise sampling protocol, a secure supply of test and analysis reagents and a platform for processing and reporting results in real time, accessible online 24/7 by the authorities.

The Process Integrity service based on KSI® blockchain is integrated into the system to guarantee both the integrity of the data and the integrity of their processing process, thus ensuring complete traceability and auditability. This will enable authorities to make decisions with confidence, based on reliable data.

The value of this health monitoring system goes beyond the COVID-19 epidemic and it can also be used to monitor other pathogens.

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Contact persons for further information :
SICPA: Franck Chartier-Dumas
OpenHealth: Dr Patrick Guérin

The consortium combines the know-how of several companies to implement the "territorialised surveillance system for the covid-19 epidemic, based on real-time analysis of wastewater samples":

The Marseilles Fire Brigade Battalion (BMPM) has one of the five elite units of the French civil security, specialised in Nuclear - Radiological - Bacteriological - Chemical - Explosive (NRBCE) risks.
The BMPM unit is the largest in France.
It has developed a method for collective monitoring of wastewater and surface water since April 2020 and has agreed, within the framework of a technological and operational partnership with OpenHealth, to extend this method to other territories, to protect the populations most at risk.

OpenHealth is a French company specialising in the aggregation, processing and literacy of health data for study and analysis purposes in conjunction with health agencies or as part of international surveillance projects. The data collected is processed in a strictly anonymous manner in a trustworthy environment and is made available online on its platform The Hub, which is used in particular by the ANSM to monitor the consumption of medicines by the French population.
During the first epidemic, OpenHealth was the operator of an initiative launched by the Morbihan department to conduct a retrospective seroprevalence survey of SARS-CoV2 in the Morbihan population. 
OpenHealth has always been committed to mobilising its expertise and infrastructures in the service of public health. 

SICPA, founded in Lausanne in 1927, provides secure authentication, identification and traceability solutions and services by integrating physical security elements with digital technology. At the forefront of research and innovation and operating on five continents, its high-tech security inks protect, among other things, most of the world's banknotes and identity documents. Every day, governments, businesses and millions of citizens rely on us to protect the integrity and value of their money, identities, products and brands.
In the field of Healthcare, SICPA offers a range of products designed to enhance the security of citizens and the supply chain:


Guardtime is the world leader of integrity platforms based on the KSI® Blockchain that is used to create solutions for a wide range of industry sectors (telecommunications) or governments. The company was founded in 2007 in Estonia, where its products are used since 2008 to strengthen the Estonian digital environment. Its KSI® blockchain is eIDAS certified, deployed for a decade to secure citizen data in Estonian official databases, including health data.


For more information about SICPA and our solutions please contact us.