As part of what Space Needle special project manager, Joel Dazey, calls “a more targeted, intentional approach” to safety, the Seattle landmark has installed filtered Far UV-C devices in its elevators. The Space Needle hopes this instillation will be the first step toward a sustainable approach to reducing transmission of COVID-19, influenza and other airborne viruses. The Care222 integrated device is the result of Ushio’s partnership with Population, a San Francisco-based startup that designs filtered Far UV-C fixtures for the corporate sector.
The Space Needle’s decision to install Far UV-C technology in the close proximity space comes on the heels of a 2022 joint study between University of St. Andrews, University of Dundee, University of Leeds, and Columbia University that found ultraviolet light can reduce airborne microbes within a room by 98% in just 5 minutes. The Space Needle’s adoption of far-UVC technology has the potential to catalyze a shift toward the use of Far UV-C devices in more public spaces.
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