Monitoring the environment, diagnosing illness and self-learning, is the eNose pushing the boundary to the unlimited?

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Simon demonstrates the eNose system

Smelling something wrong? The eNose tells you what happens

The electronic nose is actually based on the principle of bionic simulation of human olfactory system of odor detection. Hundred years ago the famous inventor Bell has proposed the idea of ​​detecting the smell, but until the last century 50 years after the relevant research began to have substantial progress. From the 80s of last century, Europe and the United States began to develop practical odor detection technology, and gradually developed products. Today, the electronic nose has been applied to environmental monitoring, security, traffic safety, medical and other fields. Simon was originally an electrical engineer in the Delft University of Technology’s laboratory, specializing in the development of smart sensing components. From the early 90s of last century, he founded his own company Comon Invent and began to develop the electronic nose.

Simon is on the computer to open another map of the world, marked above the global air pollution in the most serious countries and regions. China and the United States, of course, the two most serious pollution, followed by India, and let me surprise is the Netherlands Rotterdam port area is the worst place in Europe the air quality. Simon explained that because of the busy transportation of the ports and the surrounding chemical plants and large oil storage tanks, gas leaks are inevitable during production, transportation and handling. The wind will blow these gases to nearby neighborhoods.

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Lennart VerhoefMonitoring the environment, diagnosing illness and self-learning, is the eNose pushing the boundary to the unlimited?

Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. commissions eNose network

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enose_wind_solarOn December 4th 2016 Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. commissioned an eNose network on its terminal premises. Twelve electronic noses powered by solar panels are installed on strategic locations on the site. The eNose network will help Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. to continuously monitor the rise and spread of gas emissions that could evaporate from the terminal, but also emissions that originate from sources outside the terminal boundaries and disperse over the terminal. The eNose network will provide Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. with an additional operational tool and serve as an early warning system for SHEQ management on the terminal. This is in line with the Safety, Health and Environmental Quality objectives that Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. is committed to for its own employees, customers and visitors and also for its neighboring communities.


eNose_solar eNosesolar_lamppost Vopak terminal

Lennart VerhoefVopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd. commissions eNose network

Comon Invent @ International Odour Conference NOSE2016

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nose2016During the 5th International Conference on Environmental Odour Monitoring and Control (NOSE2016), Comon Invent presents its latest study on applying eNoses as a tool to measure odour nuisance caused by restaurants.

At NOSE2016 scientific and industrial community members from all over the world to meet, exchange experiences and ideas, as well as discuss the main innovations related to odours, thereby including a wide range of different topics in order to give an all-embracing point of view on this continuously progressing issue.

Restaurant Odour Research

Cooking smells originating from nearby located restaurants quite often annoy people living in the inner cities. Currently it is difficult for authorities in the Netherlands to act against this type of odour nuisance. In order to map the hindrance situation around restaurants in a more effective way, numerous continuous odour monitoring campaigns using eNoses have been successfully carried out.

Bianca Milan, senior eNose expert of Comon Invent, will present the interesting and promising outcomes of this research.

To read the full research paper click here

Click here to go to the conference website

Lennart VerhoefComon Invent @ International Odour Conference NOSE2016

WHO Environmental and Health Risk Assessment recommends eNoses to monitor odors industrial complex Freeport Grand Bahama

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Darville shares PAHO and WHO Southern Districts’ environmental and health risk assessment
source: The Freeport News Bahama’s
by: Jaimie Smith, News Reporter – Published Monday, June 27, 2016


Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, in his recent contribution to the 2016/2017 Budget Debate shared the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization’s  (PAHO) assessment with respect to environmental concerns associated with the industrial parks.

The groups were contracted by the government in 2014 to complete an environmental and health risk assessment in the Lewis Yard and Pinder’s Point areas, with respect to the pollution concerns many residents of the area have expressed over the years.

He pointed out that the assessment noted that there are no environmental and health risk factors associated with living in the surrounding area of the industrial park.


“Mr. Speaker as I would’ve mentioned in the midterm debate, PAHO/WHO were contracted by the government of The Bahamas to complete an Environment and Health Risk Assessment of Lewis Yard, Pinder’s Point and the surrounding settlements, to determine, if any, the effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals, to the environment and health of individuals in the residential areas, which border the Freeport Industrial Park, on Grand Bahama.Read More

Lennart VerhoefWHO Environmental and Health Risk Assessment recommends eNoses to monitor odors industrial complex Freeport Grand Bahama

Doe Maar Duurzaam! eNose in Dutch TV show

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Doe Maar Duurzaam! is a Dutch TV program in which various innovations and developments in the sustainability sector are discussed. In the special broadcast about the environment and the application of such innovations and development, Comon Invent presents the eNose. Watch the episode of Doe Maar Duurzaam! below and see “How the eNose works and what its added value is”

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Muuga Port region begins to smell the air of eNoses

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eNose tallinn

Last week 21 eNoses and 4 windsensors were installed in the Muuga Port and Maardu region in Estonia. The innovative electronic nose sensors, or eNoses can be used to continuously monitor the chemical composition in ambient air. The eNoses are installed at various locations around terminals, industry and residential area to monitor both odorous and non-odorous gas emissions.

The positions of the eNoses can be changed, if necessary, depending on the area most problems are detected. A similar system operates in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands since 2008 (We-nose).

“The Rotterdam port area now has 150 eNoses, and are planning to increase the number to around 300 eNoses in 2016. /…/ Partly due to this eNose network and cooperation of all stakeholders in the port area (EPA, companies, municipalities and port authority) there are less complaints,” explains Lennart Verhoef of Comon Invent, Business Development “ETV.

Please watch item in Estonian TV News via this link:

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eNose Doe Maar Duurzaam! RTL7

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The eNose will appear on Dutch TV Doe Maar Duurzaam! on RTL7 on the 10th of April! Below you fill find the press release including the announcement.


“The eNose as helping hand in sustainable direction”

A smart port is a sustainable port and a sustainable port is the foundation for an economy where businesses grow and people in the surrounding area are safe and above all where it is pleasant to live. The eNose can contribute to the sustainability of the world ports. What the eNose is and how it can contribute in the port area, we hear of Simon Bootsma and Bianca Milan of Comon Invent.

Watch Sunday April 10th 12.30 Doe Maar Duurzaam! RTL 7 (Dutch TV)

Everything about the eNose is showed on Sunday, April 10th on the theme-broadcasting about the environment of Doe Maar Duurzaam!; an informative program about various developments and innovations in the sustainability sector. This can range from Energy to Sustainable Entrepreneurship and from Environmental to Construction. Doe Maar Duurzaam shows the overall picture of various sustainability aspects in order to raise awareness of sustainable opportunities in every aspect of daily life.

The replay will be broadcasted on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at 13:30 hours in Doe Maar Duurzaam! RTL 7


The original press release is published in Dutch. For more information about the TV show please contact: Lisette Stam, [email protected], +31 (0)85-4017001

Lennart VerhoefeNose Doe Maar Duurzaam! RTL7

TEDx eNose that can sniff out disease – Simon Bootsma

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During TEDx Johannesburg last November 2015 our CEO Simon Bootsma had the privilege to talk about the eNose technology and its applicability in the medical sector.;search%3Abootsma

Our exhaled breath contains more clues about the state of our health than most of us imagine. If there is so much information in the air that we breathe out, how then could we use technology to unlock it? Us humans have developed all sorts of technologies that help to expand our senses. But somehow we have made little progress to expand the sense of smell. Until now, that is.

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When the only constant is change

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Author: Carla Jong
Published Date: 24-11-2015

IMG_2232The world is changing rapidly. Developments are coming one upon the other, more rapidly than ever before. This makes the future unpredictable, but also rich in opportunities, writes Carla Jong, environmental issues project manager and Nataly Katan, new business project manager, Port of Amsterdam.

In a number of different areas, transitions, evolutions, and reversals in trends are occurring, which have an impact on the port – for example the energy transition, raw materials shortages, the rise of the circular economy, the continuing increase in scale in shipping, urbanisation and new technologies such as big data, robotics and 3D printing.

These kinds of developments have a critical impact on which raw materials will be important, the flow of logistics, which locations will come onto or fall off the radar and what knowledge will be valuable. All this adds up to a dynamic environment, in which it is difficult to predict what the nature, scope and speed of developments will be, and where exactly new opportunities will emerge. Flexibility is key.

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Lennart VerhoefWhen the only constant is change