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Tyrolean startup frees gondolas from the coronavirus

From l. to r.: Gerald Kohler, Felicitas Kohler, PLANLICHT, Ronald Stärz, Harald Schöbel, MCI with “seTUBE Gondola” prototye. © MCI Planlicht/Spiess

"seTUBE" eliminates germs and microorganisms in gondolas and transport cabins by means of UV-C light. It works efficiently in the shortest possible time, is contactless and residue-free and thus kills off pathogens adhering to surfaces, thus preventing smear infections. "This LED platform technology, which was developed in a very short time, can be used for a very wide range of disinfection applications. Our investigations in cooperation with the Medical University of Innsbruck show that it reliably kills viruses, bacteria and fungi," states Michael Kraxner, Head of Research at MCI.
This form of technical cleaning by light works completely without the use of chemicals, comprises a mobile solution on the basis of a built-in rechargeable battery and can be transported and used wirelessly. "Our product not only gives guests and hosts a safe feeling, but also a scientifically validated system of cleanliness and hygiene", states Felicitas Kohler, Managing Director of PLANLICHT, in explaining the underlying concept.
The technical disinfection process of lift gondolas using UV-C light is one of several solutions with which 'CARE BY LIGHT GmbH', the joint venture of MCI and PLANLICHT, aims to make the transport of people in mountain railways safe. With "seCube Card", for example, ski tickets - as they are used today as reusable plastic cards - can be sterilized effortlessly. Hotel owners preparing for the safe stay of their guests rely on "seTube Mini". Within minutes, the UV table lamp disinfects masks, caps, balaclavas, ski goggles and even ski helmets. Ronald Stärz, Head of the Emerging Applications Lab at the MCI explains: "In these challenging times it is clear that Tyrolean know-how can open up new and interesting business areas. In this way, the Tyrolean cable car industry will be able to react quickly during this winter season and thus maintain operations".

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