Inspiration

Viruses spread everywhere through small droplets released by coughing and sneezing. Whoever inhales these droplets, or gets them through the hands in the mouth, nose or eyes, can become infected with the virus. Viruses can survive for hours on smooth materials and surfaces: up to 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and 2 to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel. We developed a prototype of 'Antivirus Gateway' which could provide an opportunity to significantly reduce the spread of certain viruses and bacteria through passengers and their luggage at airports and cruise terminals, for example. But this gateway could also offer a solution at entrances to government buildings or hospitals, or even as transport stations in production facilities/ that wish to decontaminate packaged products before transport.

What it does

The idea is to faster kill the viruses that are on surfaces as they pass through the gateway and thereby substantially slowing down the spread of any virus or germs. Our 3D designers developed a prototype of an antivirus gateway for future pandemics. Our proposal consists of an original combination of existing techniques. In this sense, the necessary research consists of dimensioning and optimizations, which is 'development research' that rather belongs to spin offs, consultants, specific companies, etc.

Challenges we ran into

Our prototype is a combination of existing techniques... Initially we developed some prototypes that only work with nebulisers. The problem that arises there is that chemical substances are then inhaled and this solution cannot be used when applied to humans. That's where the UV-C comes in. The idea is to use ultraviolet light to kill disease-causing germs on people and surfaces. Virus-killing UV gateways could also being deployed in hospitals and airplane terminals as well as schools, government buildings to keep these high-traffic locations as safe and sanitary as possible. A lot of gateways are already existing & should be only updated with UV-lights to be ready for future pandemics

What's next for Kill the virus & germs

We have 3D design skills & BIM architecture. We would like to offer our different prototypes for free to any investor that has the time and the money to further develop and produce.

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