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1. (WO2018037242) METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING BALLAST WATER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/037242    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2017/052506
Publication Date: Fri Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Aug 26 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: C12Q 1/02
C12Q 1/04
C12M 1/34
Applicants: BACTEST LIMITED
Inventors: PRICE, Derek
RICKETT, Toby William
Title: METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING BALLAST WATER
Abstract:
We describe a ballast water test system, the system comprising: at least one microbe detector to test a sample of ballast water for the presence of microbes and to produce microbe detector data representing a detected level of microbes in said sample; a plankton detector to test said sample of ballast water for the presence of plankton and to produce plankton data representing a detected level of plankton in said sample; a biocide detector to test said sample of ballast water for the presence of biocide and to produce biocide data representing a detected level of biocide in said sample; and a compliance determination system comprising: at least one input to receive said microbe detector data, said plankton data, and said biocide data, at least one output to provide sample compliance data, and a processor coupled to said at least one input, to said output and to working memory and to program memory, and wherein said program memory stores processor control code to: input said microbe detector data, said plankton data, and said biocide data; process said microbe detector data, said plankton data, and said biocide data to compare said microbe detector data, said plankton data, and said biocide data with a set of rules defining permitted levels of microbes, plankton and biocide in said sample of ballast water for compliance with a standard; and output standard compliance data defining whether said sample of ballast water is in compliance with said standard; wherein said compliance determination system further comprises an anti-fraud system to control user fraud to inhibit a user from fraudulently producing a result indicating that said sample of ballast water is falsely in compliance with said standard.