CERTUS Empower

The Challenge

Food safety testing development requires attention to speed, accuracy, cost and ease-of-use.

CERTUS’s vision is to become globally-recognized as an innovative leader in food safety. Their mission is to put smart pathogen environmental control at your fingertips with no additional cost.

CERTUS approached Brooks Stevens to collaborate on the CERTUS Empower, a real-time pathogen testing device. Traditionally, food processing facilities take samples, send them to a lab, and wait days for results. The plan was to develop a product that could produce accurate results in a faster, easier way.

The Solution

The new Empower is disruptive technology for food processing facilities to test their work environments for pathogens including listeria.

Empower addresses two barriers food producers face when investing in facility management software: ease-of-use and cost. Empower combines a complete pathogen test workflow with a comprehensive facility management system. The platform allows customers to plan, test, remediate, and track results within their food production plants. Plus, the unit allows customers to perform food safety testing in-house with a much faster turnaround: swab to result in 24 hours.

The product development team took inspiration from “smartphone simplicity” and applied it to the product design. This approach is particularly noticeable in the graphical user interface (GUI) and the user-interface/user experience (UI/UX) design.

Brooks Stevens collaborated with CERTUS on product development. Our work included user & workflow definition, user-interface design, GUI, enclosure design, and more.

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