Edinburgh, Scotland, 18 February 2016. Pyreos Ltd, the UK-based passive infra-red sensor developer, today announced its technical co-operation with Bosch India and the companies’ joint development of milk analysis technologies. These developments apply Pyreos’ Mid Infra-Red sensor technology to milk analysis. To be launched in India, this unique and robust technology can be used by the country’s dairy industry to analyse the quality of milk.

India’s dairy industry is of great economic importance as employer of around 70 million people, over ten times the number working in the sector in the European Union. India is already the world’s largest producer of milk and has significant potential to grow by improving efficiency. Accurate measurement of milk components and identification of a broad range of adulterants is key to supporting this industry’s growth. Additionally, collecting data can also be used nationally to improve output.

Pyreos is a UK business that was spun out of Siemens in 2007. The company has developed and patented uniquely robust low-cost sensors, which can be used for spectrometry in food quality applications such as milk analysis. The sensors work in the Mid Infra-Red band, which is known as the “fingerprint” band because it provides the most accurate analysis of milk components and adulterants. The sensor technology, which has no moving parts and features ultra-low running costs, is better optimised for milk analysers than other technologies which frequently need annual calibration and which can only identify a limited number of adulterants.

Andrew Wallace, CEO of Pyreos, said, “We have been working to combine Bosch India’s immense engineering and product expertise together with our unique sensor technology to identify products which can be trialled in the Indian market in 2016. Indian milk output has grown fast and team has been focussed on delivering quality technology, which will help improve milk quality and the Indian dairy industry’s profitability. Pyreos is delighted to have participated in this joint development.”

Pyreos and Bosch India will continue their co-operation and launch Product Pilots across India in 2016.

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About Pyreos

Pyreos is the world’s only volume supplier of thin-film PZT pyroelectric sensors. The company develops and makes these infra-red sensors for use in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products ranging from devices that detect flames or analyse gases through to spectrometers which analyse foodstuffs, engine oils and blood, through to switches and other electronics that detect gestures and presence. The company was spun out from German multinational Siemens in 2007 following €10m (£7.5m) of research and development work and is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre on the University of Edinburgh’s Kings Buildings campus.

Investors are Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA), Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise), Strathtay Ventures (a subsidiary of Braveheart) and Seraphim Capital.