LIFTMART: Elevator in Dubai and Escalator Innovator
People in cities like Dubai, UAE, where returning to work during this time of the pandemic may involve taking multiple elevator rides per day to and from their office spaces, traveling without any safety measures in place. Elevators have a high probability of becoming hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, as the data suggests.
These days, commercial elevators are essential, but how can you ensure the safety of your passengers in such confined spaces? You might be cleaning the contact or touch points, but have you ever thought about disinfecting the air to provide additional protection against bacteria, viruses, and mold? These are questions that will likely be on everyone’s mind in light of COVID-19, particularly in confined spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Disinfecting the air has been proven effective against a wide range of airborne and surface-level pathogens, including viruses, mold, bacteria, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). While this specific disinfection technique was not developed specifically for COVID-19, the technology has repeatedly proven effective against similar viruses, such as SARS and H1N1.
“Elevators tend to create a situation where social distancing is impossible,” said one expert. “This technology will help create an additional layer and level of risk mitigation.”
The Elevator Air Sterilizer provides all-round disinfection and purification of elevator air and constantly purifies the air in the elevator. It boasts a disinfection rate of 99% and is a compact 30cm x 7cm box that is installed in the ceiling of the elevator cabin.
The Escalator UVC LED Sanitizer is fixed underneath the escalator, and as the escalator belt passes through the bottom, it is sanitized.
Touchless buttons are also available for installation in the elevator lobby and inside the elevator cabin to prevent physical contact and contamination.
Given that our available vertical transportation equipment includes regularly touched surfaces, the elevator industry has recognized the need for new options to safely transport the tenants of their buildings. State-of-the-art solutions have been developed, including kick-to-call buttons, UVC light sanitization, voice-activated control buttons, and more, each presenting a creative alternative to help facility management and riders feel safer in elevator spaces. As we all navigate life differently in the wake of COVID-19, building owners may want to consider the possibility of modernization projects to implement these technologies wherever possible.
New technologies can make elevator rides as safe and touch-free as possible, but there are still factors, such as human behavior, that will impact our safety in this new world. This includes practicing social distancing in elevator cabs and the routine cleaning and maintenance of equipment. Physical distancing will keep us apart for some time, so it is crucial that facility professionals understand and implement these recommendations. For example, a standard elevator cab may only allow for two or three passengers to maintain appropriate physical distance, which may result in slow-moving lines in the lobby on your way to the office.
The Most Common preventive measures are:
- Elevator Air Sterilizer or Escalator Handrail Santizier
- Daily Cleaning of Cabin Walls
- Practice Social Distancing
- Touchless Elevator Buttons.
- Refrain from talking
- Do not lean on walls