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Intelligent disinfection solution aims to create healthier buildings

The Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution pairs ultraviolet (UV-C) lighting with Internet of Things controls to enable widespread, automated disinfection of surfaces.

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Building operators and employers will rely on smarter cleaning solutions in the future
Building operators and employers will rely on smarter cleaning solutions in the future

Smart buildings innovator Igor has introduced a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) UV-C disinfection solution to help clean building spaces without human intervention.

 

The Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution pairs ultraviolet (UV-C) lighting with Internet of Things (IoT) controls to enable widespread, automated disinfection of surfaces.

 

Healthy buildings

 

As more spaces reopen as Covid-19 lockdown measures ease and workforces start to return to work, intelligent disinfection solutions will become even more crucial to both building owners and employers.

 

“Building owners and business operators are anxious about keeping their employees and customers safe.

According to Igor, healthy building scientists advise owners to incorporate a ‘layered’ approach to disinfection in the design, operation and management of better buildings.

 

It claims its solution fits well with this strategy, as the solution’s PoE connectivity makes it easy to integrate several other disinfection systems beyond UV-C lighting, like intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporisers. With all solutions unified within Igor, executives have a comprehensive view and data-rich evidence of the proactive actions taken to prevent virus outbreaks in their buildings.

 

“As more spaces reopen, intelligent disinfection becomes even more crucial,” said Dwight Stewart, founder and chief technology officer, Igor.

 

“Building owners and business operators are anxious about keeping their employees and customers safe. Igor’s turn-key, rapid-deployment solution kit instantly provides maintenance-free automated disinfection, minimises human contact and creates an audit trail of data.”

Aware of the potential dangers of UV-C lighting, Igor technologists designed Nexos Intelligent Disinfection to connect with other smart devices, such as occupancy sensors and motion detectors. The solution can also be configured to work with smart locks and warning lights to further prevent humans from entering a space that is being cleaned, notes Igor.

The solution can also be configured to work with smart locks and warning lights to further prevent humans from entering a space that is being cleaned

In May 2020, the Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution received funding from Clean Energy Trust, a non-profit that supports early stage cleantech startups in the Mid-Continent region of the US, to bring the solution to the global market.

 

Clean Energy Trust utilised support from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) programme, a technology innovation platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“We’re very excited about the possibilities Igor has opened up with its PoE-based smart building platform,” said Erik Birkerts, chief executive officer of Clean Energy Trust. “Dwight’s vision to solve very specific problems, exemplified by Nexos, has proven to be a game-changer for the built environment. He and the Igor team are democratising building automation by innovating around very deployable, off-the-shelf technology.”

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