The World of Hospitality Issue 41 2021 - Page 12


The World ’ s First Smart Self-Disinfecting Door Handle

A tech company has launched the world ’ s first smart self-disinfecting door handle , which can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building , save businesses thousands in cleaning costs and contribute to a post- COVID19 way of life .
Swiss tech company , Tweaq launched its selfcleaning aluminium door handle , Touch 1 , in November 2020 . Customers can register their interest now for delivery in 2021 .
How it works :
1 . The user engages with the door handle as they normally would .
2 . Once the door handle is released , the Tweaq Touch 1 is activated and the peristaltic pump brings the disinfectant liquid from the casing to the sponge inside the ring around the door handle .
3 . An internal system drives the outer aluminium ring backwards and forwards once along the surface , eliminating 99 % of bacteria and viruses in under three seconds .
Tweaq Touch 1 is powered by an electric engine and lithium batteries which allow more than 1,000 uses per cartridge .
Installation and maintenance :
Tweaq Touch 1 installation is under ten minutes and can be used with standard doors with no modifications required .
The casing replacement is also quick and simple for staff or households to replace themselves after 1,000 uses .
When the disinfectant liquid runs out , the user will be notified with the use of IOT . When this occurs , the user replaces it with an extra cartridge and sends the empty cartridge back to Tweaq . Tweaq then refill the cartridge and recharge the batteries before being redistributed .
The casing replacement process has been developed to be as user-friendly and sustainable as possible , requiring the least amount of interactions and waste ; it has a plug and play feature allowing the user to swap the casing in less than 30 seconds – similar to plugging in a cable to a socket .
Why ?
In a year where hygiene has been more paramount than ever before , the TWEAQ team has conducted extensive research