The RemScan Hand-held Device Measures Soil Contamination

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - May 22, 2014
References: csiro.au & gizmag
RemScan is the world's first hand-held instrument that is able to detect the presence of soil contamination, as represented by the amount of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in the soil. This self-contained, easy-to-use device is capable of testing hundreds of a soil samples a day and providing reliable data without the need for a laboratory.

The device uses infra-red spectroscopy to analyze and characterize soil samples within 15 seconds, displaying the results on a screen. The data is also stored on an SD card and can be downloaded to a computer as a spreadsheet file.

Users simply have to prepare the soil area by tamping down with a provided tool, and then placing the RemScan on the soil. The resulting soil contamination readings are then displayed on the screen.