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UVISAN is delighted to announce that it has been recommended by HP as a supplier of UV-C disinfection equipment for HP’s VR and mixed reality headset range. We believe this is a very significant endorsement of our UV-C cabinets as a safe and reliable technology for disinfecting electronic devices. Hewlett Packard approached UVISAN as it needed a product that it could recommend as an approved means for disinfecting its newest VR headsets. This was especially important amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic.

HP carried out rigorous testing on our UV-C cabinets, as part of their investigation into the impact of UV-C cleaning on their products as an alternative to standard chemicals and disinfectant wipes. Tests were carried out on both new and existing HP appliances to determine whether there were any impacts of UV-C exposure on the items, equivalent to two years of standard use, looking into appearance, functionality and any mechanical or structural deterioration over a three-month testing period.

UV-C used for disinfecting HP VR Headsets

Particularly noteworthy is that following the tests, disinfection using UV light is the only method HP recommend for disinfection of its VR and mixed reality headsets, as they concluded that other methods such as alchohol or chemical wipes can damage the lenses and optical/sensor surfaces of HMD’s.

Our UV-C cabinets require no liquids or chemicals that can cause damage to devices and the tests illustrate that UV-C exposure is completely safe for a wide range of appliances.

Our UV-C disinfection cabinets are able to quickly and thoroughly disinfect a range of electronic appliances, including phones, laptops, tablets, handheld scanners, peripherals and electronic accessories. Within a 5-minute cleaning cycle, the UV-C cabinets kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses, using medical grade UVGI lamps. When it comes to shared electronic devices such as a VR headsets, customers can feel safe and confident with UV-C cleaning for quick and thorough disinfection in between uses. The cabinets are also lockable to keep high value electronic items safe during disinfection and, with an inbuilt charging station, items can be re-charged and sanitised simultaneously.

HP recommendation

This recommendation from a highly-regarded technology giant like HP, following a rigorous testing process, adds weight to our assertion that UV-C disinfection is the gold standard in today’s Covid environment.  It is far more effective and less time consuming than using wipes and we believe ultimately saves time and money.  It has the added benefit of no waste being sent to landfill.

With an ever growing number of case studies and blue chip customers across industry, educational establishments, healthcare and the creative sector we are confident UVISAN can give you the confidence you need to protecting your people and your assets.

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We will be releasing more information about this incredible endorsemnt soon. In the meantime, for more information about Uvisan and our UV-C cabinets, email contact@uvisan.com or visit our contact us page here.

Coronavirus has changed the world in many ways. Education has been badly hit, with students out of school for months. Upon their return, one of the main concerns has been how to maintain safe and clean equipment, with so much shared usage between students, risking transmission of a virus that can stay on surfaces for days.

When it comes to sanitisation, schools have limited capacity. Teachers can attempt to sanitise shared equipment in the short interval between classes, or if there is not enough time for cleaning, they can wait at least 72 hours before using equipment, or simply leave the equipment and lock it away until the pandemic is over. The last option was the only one available to Hazelwood School in Surrey. However, they chose to utilise a safer, more effective cleaning alternative in the form of a UV-C cabinet, allowing the students access to the resources they needed for their lessons.

Before purchasing one of our cabinets, Hazelwood School found they were unable to use the iPads required for their classes due to the risk of transmission. This began to hinder teaching, as a there were a number of classes where iPads were crucial to lessons. The school contacted us and received one of our UV-C cabinets, which they now use to safely sanitise and store their school’s regularly used equipment. Now they are able to use their iPads on a regular basis, whilst maintaining their equipment’s safety and cleanliness. This has made the sanitisation of their appliances quick and more effective, minimising teachers’ time spent trying to sanitise shared items, which are now of the utmost safety when they come to be used.

“Ahead of the return to school in September, Hazelwood School purchased a Uvisan UV-C unit so that the bank of iPads, used by its youngest learners, could be readily charged and effectively sanitised as they passed between class bubbles. The unit has been a godsend; protecting the pupils’ health and well-being whilst allowing the same level of digital learning to remain within their timetable. The school avoided the need to buy more costly tablets. The unit is simple to use and has been deployed for the equally important task of sanitising headsets too. The levels of service and communication we received were impeccable meaning that the unit’s delivery was one thing of surety in these uncertain times.”

Nick Tappin - Bursar - Hazelwood School

It is great to hear feedback like this from our customers and now more than ever, it is essential that schools provide a safe and healthy learning environment for their pupils. A huge part of this involves having the proper resources at students’ disposal. Students have already spent many months without access to the proper materials and environment that a school has to offer, and ‘not having access to resources and materials with which to learn’ can cause ‘subsequent detrimental effect on both academic attainment and wellbeing.’ – Charlotte Watson, YoungMinds. Of course, with access to regular sanitisation, this should no longer be the case now that students are back at school.

However, it is already difficult managing the availability of devices and resources in a school, without adding the need for constant sanitising of all equipment that a school may need to use in the midst of a pandemic. As well as ensuring students and staff are following safe etiquette and guidelines, the responsibility of sanitising all of the many shared items can be overwhelming. The UV-C cabinet removes the issue of time-consuming cleaning routines along with the need for expensive wipes and cleaning equipment that would be required in such large quantities to keep every class safe. This form of sanitisation also avoids the problem of moisture getting into charging ports, screens, keys and other openings on electrical appliances. Not to mention, the effectiveness of cleaning paraphernalia such as wipes can be unreliable (read here for more detail). In contrast, UV-C cabinets provide simultaneous charging and sanitising with no need for fluids or chemicals, keeping sensitive equipment safe.

In addition to tablets, our cabinets can also be used to clean other items that are critical to school lessons such as keyboards, headphones, laptops, computer mice, even stationary and musical instruments and the charging appliances for electronic devices. Also, with a charging capability for up to 100 devices, electronic items are always be ready for use.

Our cabinets also offer a great solution for items which require a fast turnaround. For instance, if there’s a lesson straight after the previous class that will need to use the same equipment, the UV-C cabinet uses a cleaning cycle of just 5 minutes and kills 99.99% of bacteria in that time, ensuring that all appliances are available for each new class. It is scientifically proven that UV-C kills all of the bacteria, spores, viruses, protozoans, moulds and yeasts, using medical grade UV-C lamps, meaning that both teachers and students can feel confident using shared equipment. The cabinets are also lockable, keeping valuable items safe and secure.

The UV-C cabinets are able to store a range of other appliances and equipment, including phones, laptops, tablets, toys & games, VR headsets, peripherals and accessories, plus UVISAN is 100% recyclable, with no waste going to landfill and finance is available from £100 per month.

These cabinets have helped staff and students alike and can be used in many different environments and capacities. They have fitted seamlessly into a school environment, saving the school time and money, whilst ensuring a safe environment with access to all of the resources and teaching aids to help students through their schooling.

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VR Arcades are a relatively new emergence into our shopping centres and high streets. Heading out to the shops now doesn’t just mean bargain hunting in fashion retailers, you can now find yourself fighting off zombies in a post apocalyptic wasteland, exploring unknown galaxies with your almighty lightsaber, or for the less adrenaline centred, relaxing on your own private beach all before a McDonalds and a wander around H&M. The surge in development in VR technology has made it possible for VR arcades to deliver fully immersive Virtual Reality experiences that we had previously only ever dreamed of in more accessible locations than we ever thought possible. Then Covid. . . .

It may be stating the obvious, but Covid has brought about an existential threat to location based VR experiences. Hardly surprising when the whole concept relies on placing a device on your head, and then immediately handing over to the next eager participant. The warm and moist areas created on our heads make prime breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria and the proximity to our nose, mouth and eyes make transmission between users likely. VR Arcades were of course forced to close and Rush VR was no exception. The challenge was then how to open safely and adhere to government guidelines. 

The Problem

The real problem here actually lies with cost. First and foremost, the headsets aren’t cheap (around £900 per unit) and so any thoughts of simply increasing the number of available headsets to allow more turnaround time is a non starter. There just isn’t the money so that is out of the window. 

So what about wipes, are they something that could be used. Actually no, it’s just not possible with wipes to be sure that you are killing enough of the virus (you can read more about this here) and even if you could, it actually damages the headsets. There are lenses on these headsets and don’t forget and they are not waterproof. As soon as liquid finds its way inside you are talking serious damage. The cheap alternative is now looking very very expensive. 

There are some UVC cleaning products out there, would they work? The main contender is Clean Box, it's a great product and does a fantastic job, however, it’s not designed for bulk disinfection. In order for location based VR to operate in a way that is commercially viable, it is paramount to have a quick turnaround, particularly for groups and downtime is incredibly costly. Having periods of downtime for 30 minutes or more, simply makes the business model unviable, the only solution would be to buy a Clean Box for each headset. In case you were wondering, for 8 headsets, this would cost over £14,000. That one is out of the question. 

So what can be done, is it possible?

Uvisan

As it turns out Immotion had put their own experiences to good use to create a solution to this problem prior to Covid. As we discussed earlier in this article, VR Headsets are places that can attract growth of all sorts of bacteria and viruses and so was actually an issue before any of us knew what a Coronavirus was. Imagine a tourist heavy location such as Las Vegas and all sorts of people descending on one place from every corner of the globe. Would you be comfortable placing a communal headset on your head towards the end of a long very hot day in the middle of the Nevada desert? In short, the UV cabinet was developed and in a reaction to the Coronavirus, the Uvisan brand was born as a standalone UVC disinfection brand.

As the cabinet had been developed specifically for VR Headsets, this was obviously a massive advantage for VR-Here, tackling the exact problem that they faced. The cabinets were ordered and put to use immediately with incredible results and here is a brief summary:

Summary

Above all else, VR-Here is now open and operational (when government restrictions allow). There was an enormous obstacle to overcome and Uvsian allowed Les and the team at VR-Here to do so at a fraction of the cost that was originally thought of by using other alternatives. What’s more, if we think back to how the cabinets came to be created, Uvisan is not just a temporary product to help during Covid, it is something that will now become a permanent fixture even after the pandemic is over.

"An amazing product with outstanding support!"

"I can give my customers peace of mind when they receive safe and clean devices. It gives them the reassurance they need and shows how much we care as a business about the safety of our staff and customers."

Les Grzyl - Director VR-Here

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"At the University of Chichester we take pride in ensuring our students have the safest as well as the best experience across everything we do."

"We needed a solution that was easy to use and would eradicate any infection risk without damaging the sensitive equipment used by our colleagues and students. The Uvisan cabinet was the perfect proven solution allowing us to clean all our equipment in a simple and quick cleaning cycle."

Rod Matthews - University of Chichester

There are a number of difficulties that face the average University at any given moment, piles of marking dominating coffee tables at home, resources being stretched to their absolute limit, students being locked in their halls and this was all before the Coronavirus pandemic. We can all imagine how difficult the situation became for universities across the country when life turned into what is now widely known as ‘the new normal,’ and universities were allowed/required/strived to stay open. Whatever the correct verb, the point is that things changed massively and not in a good way. 

At the University of Chichester, one of the main problems was the use of shared equipment such as keyboards, mice, VR headsets, mocap components, cameras and anything that could be used by more than one person and not effectively cleaned using traditional methods involving moisture or heat. Vernon Francis, lead technician, was given the rather large task of coming up with a way of navigating these difficult circumstances and turned to research that they were already carrying out into UVC technology. UVC in simple terms uses high frequency light (254 nM) to kill bacteria and viruses that are exposed to it. There was talk of creating their own product, and exciting as that may be, there are several safety checks required to effectively create a UVC product. Vernon turned to Uvisan.

The Problem

As touched upon above, the main problem faced by the University of Chichester was the potential spread of Covid-19 as devices and equipment are shared and used by multiple people. This may seem like a small problem but has multiple knock on effects and creates a much bigger problem when considering the broader picture. A brief overview of this can be seen below.

Although some of the above may seem trivial, the reality is that it all adds up to a very significant problem. Is the university operating as safely as it could be? Is the university offering the best possible experience to the students? Is there a way that things could be improved? Many universities and other establishments are likely to relate to these problems and be in a similar situation.

The Solution

After much deliberation, Chichester University decided to purchase 5 UVC Disinfection Cabinets from Uvisan and put them into use immediately. A brief overview of the changes are as follows:

Summary

There were a number of issues faced by Chichester and by purchasing the Uvisan cabinets they have since made some truly valuable improvements. We take a lot of pride in the product at Uvisan, but what makes everything worth it, is our happy customers. Don’t just take our word for it, here is the feedback from Chichester University. 

"At the University of Chichester we take pride in ensuring our students have the safest as well as the best experience across everything we do."

"We needed a solution that was easy to use and would eradicate any infection risk without damaging the sensitive equipment used by our colleagues and students. The Uvisan cabinet was the perfect proven solution allowing us to clean all our equipment in a simple and quick cleaning cycle."

Rod Matthews - University of Chichester

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From the perspective of a small business, wipes may well have been the saviour over recent months. They provide a quick easy way to clean almost everything and have helped us to push forwards at a time whilst even the basics have been pretty unbearable. It's very difficult to criticise anything that allows us to have even the slightest degree of normality, in what would otherwise have been a largely unrecognisable existence when compared with life pre-covid (do you remember!?). So what's the problem?

If you give it some thought, I am sure that you will realise that wipes are effectively litter. There are also a whole host of negative impacts that wipes have to businesses that may not have been considered.

1 – Wipes are a faf and time consuming

Wipes can be incredibly convenient, if we have the task of disinfecting one device, once or twice a day for our own personal use then great. But what if suddenly there are multiple people, sharing the same equipment. Suddenly a much bigger job emerges.

Time is our most valuable resource and we really do lose more of it than we would like simply wiping down our equipment, fetching (or finding) wipes, and more importantly, not doing the things that we should be getting on with. 

2 – Device Damage

Have you ever considered running your laptop under the tap to clean it? Didn't think so, so why is it ok to use wipes to cleanse sensitive electronic equipment. Admittedly it is’t the same thing but there are similarities. The active part of the wipes are the liquid that they contain, and yes that is damaging to electrical components. I actually was sent official cleaning instructions from Zebra scanners (barcode scanners used in warehouses) that have warnings of potential damage that wipes cause. The wipes may be cheap, but the devices most certainly aren't!

3 – Environmental Impact

Type in any variation of wipes and environment into google and you will be inundated with articles about the negative impact that wipes have on the environment. Granted, a large portion of these are specific to baby wipes, but hang on a minute, are they any different to the one that we are using for our laptops? The answer is no. The reality is that as we are using wipes day in day out to disinfect a whole host of things in the workplace, our drains sewers and landfills are filling up, not to mention the impact on aquatic life because of the chemical content.

Stop using them, they cause a lot of environmental damage. You can read a great article about this here

4 – They don't actually work

Perhaps one of the most shocking revelations about wipes is that they only achieve advertised efficacy if the area to be cleansed remains wet with the chemical contents for 5 minutes.

For the most part, particularly at home, I am sure that wipes would do the trick. The level of risk is much lower and they do kill a significant amount of bacteria and viruses (A recent study by Uvsian shows the difference here). But in the workplace with numerous people touching and sharing a variety of equipment, are they really adequate? 

5 – Wipes aren't as cheap as you might think

Did you know that the average cost of wipes is close to around £0.08 ($0.10) per wipe. You need to be buying in bulk to achieve that price too. Imagine the cost of that multiplied across multiple items, cleaned multiple times per day, and it's not difficult to reach a number in excess of £100 per month. Granted, you need to have the requirement but the moment you find yourself running out of wipes, again, consider how many you are actually getting though.

In summary

So there you have it… we hope these 5 tips about the wipes we are getting through are useful. Our aim isn't to prevent safety, so please don't sacrifice cleaning routines or practices based on this article. We do however ask you to consider the implications and more importantly the alternatives, is there a better way of doing things. Check out our main site here for more about our UV-C disinfection cabinets, or why not read another of our articles below.

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Introduction

As part of our ongoing process to discover the best ways to develop our product range and understand how to tackle the spread of diseases and viruses, we are continually carrying out a number of experiments. One recent experiment was to examine the efficacy of wipes vc UVC on handheld devices, in this case, they were a type of gas detection device used by a major UK company (we have been asked to keep any names confidential). We were genuinely taken aback by the results. 

Background

There has been an enormous increase in concern around the safety and potential to spread bacteria and viruses in a variety of circumstances since the world was introduced to the Coronavirus, unsurprisingly, one of the major focal points is anything that we ourselves touch routinely on a day to day basis, scanners, sensors, tablets, stationary are obvious candidates. The solution up until now has invariably been to use wet wipes. They are relatively cheap, readily available and can be used by anyone with little or no training making them the obvious choice, but do they actually work?

We already knew (by reading the labels) that disinfectant spray and wipes only achieve advertised efficacy if the item being cleaned remains wet for 5 minutes. I’m certain I won’t be the only one to have been surprised by that, but yes, that is true. Please see below for shots of Dettol spray and wipes. 

What we didn’t know is how effective wipes actually are under ‘normal’ use. After some discussion we decided that there is only one way to find out and we began planning the experiment. 

The Experiment

Our test subjects were 10 handheld devices of varying condition. To begin the experiment all of the devices were tested for presence of Colony Forming Bacteria and Moulds. At this point we split the devices into 2 distinct groups. Devices 1 - 5 were disinfected with wipes then tested, and subsequently disinfected with UVC and retested. The wipe disinfection process was to thoroughly wipe devices with a clean wipe each time for around 30 seconds, more than twice the average wiping time. The UVC disinfection process involves placing the devices into the Uvisan UVC Disinfection Cabinets and running through the recommended cycle. Group 2 (Devices 6 - 10) were disinfected with UVC only, and then tested. 

The Results

So to the important part. What did we actually discover? Below is a summary that shows the percentage reduction in CFU in the two groups. 

The above is actually self explanatory, but here it is for ease of reference. 

In Group 1 the wipes when used alone only managed to kill 42.4% of Bacteria and Viruses present. That leaves a huge 57.6% of potentially harmful bacteria still remaining. After UVC was then used, this was reduced to 92.7%.

Group 2 was only disinfected using UVC but achieved 97.2% reduction. A great result for UVC there, proving it is unmistakably safer as a disinfection product when compared to wipes.  

Summary

I think it is pretty safe here to say that the Uvisan Disinfection Cabinet wins here hands down, but as part of the bigger picture, this highlights an area that could potentially be a problem that is getting overlooked. Anything that can be done to make our world a safer place must be a bonus, whether at work or home or anywhere and unfortunately wipes don’t cut it. 

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Feel free to get in touch about any of the article above, or why not try our article more specifically about wipes - 5 things you didn't know about disinfectant wipes.

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