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BYE BYE 2020, we surely won’t miss you! To all businesses that survived the global pandemic, congrats to the new year and here’s to the full-steam ahead approach towards keeping your doors open; for it is now time to focus on thriving not just surviving. How do we do that? By staying two steps ahead of the outbreak and being prepared in the event of an exposure. Some pretty neat gadgets and trends have recently hit the market to help protect your workspace by making your building cleaner, safer, healthier.  

Let there be light! The first trend to touch on is something you may have heard and thought was a joke at first, but we assure you it is very real and very effective. UVC Light Disinfection, or ultraviolet C light, is a natural germicide that can break down the DNA of an organism so it cannot replicate or survive. Killing up to 99.9% of the harmful pathogens, bacteria, and viruses living on  every surface, the UVC rays can penetrate the microorganisms within every nook and cranny. UVC disinfection is Ideal for areas with irregular or hard to reach surfaces like aircrafts, machines, medical equipment, etc. UVC disinfection is also a great alternative for any electronic or other fragile surface because it is  chemical-free, moisture-free and touch-free allowing for sterile surfaces with no residue or risk of deterioration. One of the more impressive examples of UVC disinfection is the Tru-D Smart UVC robot that automatically scans the room for pathogens and applies the exact amount of needed UVC light to sterilize the entire room it is in, truly a phenomenal concept. 


Another industry trend we have been noticing is Thermal Imaging Access Control. The idea behind this is simple: a thermal reading will be taken from each individual attempting to gain access into the facility and if there is an elevated temperature reading, then that person will not be granted access. This is beneficial to businesses who have been required to take the temperature of guests at the door before entering, enabling employers to utilize employees’ time in more productive ways than just standing by the door. It should be noted, however, that technology can never replace a human’s discernment. For example, say it is a hot summer day and the person trying to gain access to the building is just overheated from walking, but not truly running a fever. There should probably be some kind of situational protocol in place for this type of access control. Then again, for these uncertain times it is true that it is much better to be safe than sorry.  Time will tell on this trend

The last trend to discuss in this blog post is something I feel we as a society have been flirting with and inching towards for over 50 years, and that is the push towards touch-free technology. As depicted in vintage Sci-Fi movies and books, can you imagine operating a machine with a simple hand motion, or perhaps even mind control? How about working and typing on a computer which you never had to physically touch? Well, it is virtually around the corner. There are affordable products already on the market to enable your electronics to have a virtual keyboard that traces your finger movements to type and function on the device. With this type of technology you would never have to worry about who used the device previously nor would you worry about cleaning in between the keys where billions of germs harbor. There are also some prototypes for mind operated computers  and gadgets! With this trend in place, there really is no limit to what we can do without lifting a finger in the future! 



Whatever direction your business chooses to go, there is one thing we can all agree on and that is there needs to be not just one, but several layered approaches to combatting viral outbreaks in the workplace. The best offense is an impenetrable defense. Now is the time to bulk up on knowledge and strategize what options are best for your industry and your day-to-day activities. It may seem like a lot of up-front expenses but to have a fighting chance this year we will need to stay as healthy as possible and thrive! If you need any help whatsoever with creating a cleaner, safer, healthier building and workspace than please contact us at Aspen Services Group. We can help create an infection control plan that is tailored for your business needs. Good luck in the new year and God bless! 


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