Israel Spearheads First Disinfectant Tunnel for Use in Public Areas

June 4, 2020

by: Ilse Strauss

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Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv

Thursday, 4 June 2020 | While researchers and scientists around the world work tirelessly to develop a cure for COVID-19, large parts of the global population are navigating the unchartered waters of cautiously resuming pre-coronavirus activities while remaining safe and healthy. Various innovations have come to light that give humanity a helping hand to go about everyday life as normally as possible while facing a global pandemic without a cure. And once again, Israel is leading the way.

RD Pack, an Israeli industrial automation solutions company, applied its skill and expertise to develop a smart sanitation tunnel that sprays a disinfectant mist on those walking through to ward off bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus. Designed for high traffic locations like malls, hospitals, airports and schools, the tunnel ensures the health and safety of individuals entering these public spaces in a post-lockdown pre-cure society.

The tunnel is fully automatic and senses when someone steps inside, the RD Pack website explains. Once a person is inside, the spray nozzles releases a fine mist of electrolyzed water—an approved environmentally-friendly disinfectant—for 15 seconds, sanitizing both the person and any belongings. The mechanism has been developed to saturate every surface, even those not directly exposed to the nozzle, for maximized sanitation. As soon as the person leaves the tunnel, the automatic system turns off again, preserving water and electricity.

The result? Decreased disease transmission, lower risk of infection and greater peace of mind—and ultimately greater mobility.

“We are not a cure for the coronavirus,” said Eran Druker RD Pack vice president for business development. “We are fighting against its spread.”

Israel installed the first pilot tunnel at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on Saturday to disinfect soccer players, staff and media arriving for matches. The Jewish state’s soccer league has resumed, but matches are played without cheering fans in the bleachers.

Although nobody is forced to pass through the tunnel, nearly everybody prefers to. “Most people want to go through it,” Druker told Reuters. “They feel much more secure.”

According to Druker, RD Pack hopes to obtain regulatory approval for the sanitation tunnel within the next three months.

Posted on June 4, 2020

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