The past few years have changed the way people think about health, especially when it comes to the workplace and their day-to-day environment. Now, regardless of whether they are worried about COVID-19 or other viruses and bacteria, people pay more attention. Because of that, solutions like those offered by Population have soared in popularity.
Population is a company helping others create a safe environment for their team and customers. It does this with its flagship smart device equipped with Far UV-C technology, which helps businesses reduce the risk of infectious diseases.
The Far UV-C technology is capable of providing persistent risk reduction, deactivating up to 99.99% of viruses and bacteria. That includes SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, and more. Moreover, it is effective against both airborne risks and those on surfaces.
Despite its pathogen-reducing properties, Far UV-C light is safe for human exposure at 222 nanometers (nm). It destroys viruses and bacteria but does not penetrate the outermost layer of the skin or eyes. It is also mostly invisible to the naked eye and does not discolor material with long-term use.
The safe-but-effective properties of Far UV-C light make it a great choice for persistent indoor use, and it is effective for a variety of businesses and environments. One great example is Seattle’s Space Needle.
The Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, with visitors from around the globe. Therefore, with the arrival of COVID-19, it faced the same challenges as other public spaces with high human traffic. As such, it took various health and safety measures, including turning to Population.
Population’s solution plays a supportive role in the Space Needle’s existing processes. As Ron Sevart, President and CEO at the Space Needle, said, “we’re here in the 21st Century with real 21st century problems to solve and we’re using technology and innovation to solve them. The end result is for guests to come, breathe easy, and enjoy their experience at the Space Needle.”
“The benefits for the Space Needle aren’t confined to its visitors,” Megan Groves, CEO and founder at Population, said. By utilizing Population’s solution, the air in buildings stays cleaner, safer, and healthier. In turn, that can help reduce sick days for a company and give its employees peace of mind to go to work, which is a win-win.
The solution is not limited to killing viruses and bacteria, either. Instead, it operates as a full compliance solution that includes tracking and reporting alongside disinfecting.
With the app, users can set protection schedules and estimate kill rates. The data can even be tuned to provide detailed information on specific locations or traffic patterns. It is all at the user’s fingertips.
Population won the PlugAndPlay IoT and Mobility 2021 Start Up Award, and the company claims its products are quick to install and get operational. Installation options include ceiling, wall, or standalone, and the compact design is a welcome alternative to the industrial solutions seen over the last two years.