Updated: May 10, 2020
Covid-19 may have had a devastating impact on our lives and the economy, but it has given engineers around the world a fresh reason to develop new solutions in response to sharp rises in public demand. Ideas are one thing, but as with developing a vaccine, putting them into action takes time.
With local and national transport networks ramping up their efforts to minimise the spread of coronavirus, and public anxiety surrounding the disease at an all-time high, the situation has forced firms from across all sectors to innovate. To quote Brené Brown, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change” and this is already happening with the likes of Dyson and Ford redeploying their core resources to help develop much-needed equipment, much like in WW2.
In the short term, railway networks for example are taking extra steps to keep surfaces on trains clean, and in ‘high-touch’ areas such as ticket machines, barriers and lifts as per advice from Public Health England.
Epidemiologists estimate the coronavirus can live on metal surfaces for up to three days, so the type of material used in public transport networks has to be taken into consideration. In response to these findings, Transport networks are testing a wide range of disinfectants and developing enhanced cleaning programmes, coaching their staff to ensure good hand hygiene for themselves and the general public.
Can UV kill coronavirus?
One place within railway networks that people come in contact with the most is escalators, and as an example London Underground has over 400 of them. While there is widespread information and misinformation about the effectiveness of UV light in killing viruses, one thing that is undisputed is that it can cause cancer if in direct contact with the skin. There is also scientific evidence from the US National Library of Medicine that UV radiation kills viruses by chemically modifying their genetic material. Therefore, an innovation that harnesses the power of UV, but in a way that doesn’t come in contact with any passengers has potential to drastically decrease infection rates in a cost-effective way.
Keep your escalator and moving walkway handrails clean all day with UV
Most, if not all, escalators are only sanitised a few times a day through the use of chemical cleaning fluid, leaving public handrails at risk of spreading harmful germs and viruses. With this in mind, Aseptic Ltd are proud to introduce a new solution to the UK: The ClearWin UVC escalator steriliser system. Our unique, sterilising system, for escalator and moving walkway handrails, is capable of reducing the spread of germs and viruses by killing 99.9% of germs held on fomite surfaces.
Our light-based system is harmless to the human body with zero chemicals or heavy materials being involved and no UVC rays coming into contact with human skin. The steriliseris just half the size of a piece of A4 paper and can be attached to a standard escalatorwithout making changes to the existing facility.