Smart buildings specialist Igor announced the commercial availability of Nexos Intelligent Disinfection, a solution that combines ultraviolet (UV-C) lighting with Internet of Things (IoT) controls to enable widespread, automated disinfection of surfaces.
According to Igor founder and CTO Dwight Stewart, the patent-pending solution was “inspired by the need for confidence in this time of uncertainty and risk” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As more spaces reopen, intelligent disinfection becomes even more crucial,” said Stewart. “Building owners and business operators are anxious about keeping their employees and customers safe. Igor’s turn-key, rapid-deployment solution kit instantly provides maintenance-free automated disinfection, minimizes human contact and creates an audit trail of data.”
The firm noted that building scientists advise owners to incorporate a layered approach to disinfection in the design, operation and management of better buildings. Igor also said that the solution’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity makes it easy to integrate several other disinfection systems beyond UV-C lighting, like intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporizers.
Aware of the potential dangers of UV-C lighting, the firm also highlighted that Nexos Intelligent Disinfection can connect with other smart devices, such as occupancy sensors and motion detectors. The solution can also be configured to work with smart locks and warning lights to further prevent humans from entering a space that is being cleaned.
In May 2020, the Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution received funding from Clean Energy Trust, a non-profit that supports early stage cleantech startups in the Mid-Continent region of the United States, to bring the solution to the global market. Clean Energy Trust utilized support from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, a technology innovation platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
“We’re very excited about the possibilities Igor has opened up with its PoE-based smart building platform,” said Erik Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “Dwight’s vision to solve very specific problems, exemplified by Nexos, has proven to be a game-changer for the built environment. He and the Igor team are democratizing building automation by innovating around very deployable, off-the-shelf technology.”
Igor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to enable smart and secure buildings. Combined with an open API and real-time data, Nexos integrates advanced lighting controls with building systems, low-voltage devices and business applications. Igor has already installed the solution in more than 30 countries.