IKS International has announced that the Xiltrix laboratory monitoring system has been selected for use in the Hewitt Centre for Reproductive Medicine's IVF centre at Liverpool Women's Hospital.
Xiltrix is a monitoring, logging and alarm system that continuously and automatically supervises more than 150 parameters in the IVF laboratory to ensure the safety of all biological materials kept there, and to guarantee that embryos are maintained under conditions representing best practice in embryology.
The system is manufactured by IKS International and is supplied and maintained by its UK distributor, Sedna Scientific.
Xiltrix continuously monitors such parameters as temperature, relative humidity, CO2 levels and whether incubator and other doors are open or closed.
Active areas such as microscope platens, incubators, refrigerators, freezers, warming baths, room temperatures, and cryogenic storage are monitored, and all data is logged to ensure traceability.
If an error condition is detected, a flexible alarm system is activated.
Flashing lights give on-site warnings, backed up by an auto-dialler and SMS text messaging.
Two-way communication is possible so that, for example, the recipient of a text message can send a reply to acknowledge the alarm remotely.
The alarm system is cascaded so that if no response is received from the first contact the message will be sent to a second and if necessary even a third.
The system is also installed on the local network, so users can log in from internal or external computers or even from home via the internet.
Xiltrix is independent from the wiring and power for any other equipment in the unit so continues to function in the event of infrastructure failure.