Once we identified the growing pressure on the medical industry, we began discussions with new partners, including an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to develop a groundbreaking med-tech sanitisation product. This was designed for use initially in hospitals, with the potential to be used in other markets in the future.
The idea for a rapid, perpetual hand sanitisation device came from recognising a clear, emergent need which was revealed by issues with current sanitisation methods. As increasing shortages of suitable PPE and hand sanitising gels began to grip the world’s healthcare systems, a new idea was essential. A new product was the solution.
This solution is a wall-mounted multi-technology hand sanitiser that provides a measured dose of low-level active gases maintained at a tightly controlled level. This alone is not wholly innovative or new. The real USP of the device is its ability to log and track its users through the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, so that it can only be used by staff who are trained in the proper method of sterilisation.
Our vision was to create a chemical-free hand sanitiser that uses a blend of proven sterilisation techniques in an innovative and new way. For non-clinical settings, a Human Machine Interface (HMI) can instruct users on correct usage without the need for a near-field communication (NFC) tag.
A product with wide-ranging benefits
Hospitals and other healthcare settings were the obvious first planned market entry for this device. There is clearly a huge opportunity in this market for our specialist technology to be used to help combat Covid-19 and other pathogens.
Next, we can market the device to other workplaces, including offices, warehouses, hotels, gyms and schools. The device’s potential for domestic and international sales far supersedes that of any other OEM product we’ve worked on before.
We successfully applied to Innovate UK’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund, which called for solutions to combat Covid-19. This funding enabled us to get to work on the product with our OEM partner. The collaboration has brought new opportunities for both companies, as well as facilitating the delivery of an essential innovation to the industries that are most in need of it.