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Pittsburgh International Airport Leads the Way in Testing UV Cleaning Robots

As the world is grappling with Covid-19, technology is playing a pivotal role by bringing in cutting-edge disinfection solutions. One such solution that has taken the industry by storm is Disinfection Robots. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport are extensively using Smart Robots to provide their travelers with higher standards of cleanliness. The latter being the first airport in the US to test UV-cleaning Robots to eliminate coronavirus from surfaces.

Usage of Intelligent Robots for disinfection purposes is not only limited to airports as more and more hotels are coming forward to use this technology to pioneer a new era of impeccable hygiene for their guests. According to Forbes, some of the big names include – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hilton and Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown. It is being reported that usually it takes 8-10 minutes for a robot to sanitize the room – cleaning robots are indeed finding their way into guests’ room.

Since these robots are self-sufficient, they reduce the risk of further contamination for the cleaning staff as well. After seeing their success in sanitizing the hospitals, they were considered for high-traffic spaces like airports. “Passengers don’t just want to see a clean airport – they want to know it’s clean and they want to know it’s safe. Ultra-violet robots have been used in hospitals as a way to disinfect and kill microorganisms, so it is definitely something that makes sense for an airport,” asserted Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pittsburgh International Airport as reported by International Airport Review.

In fact, JetBlue Airways is spearheading the conversation by being the first US airline to deploy Ultraviolet Cleaning Robots as part of its pilot program. According to officials the robotic system can traverse an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes. “With the safety of our crewmembers and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crewmembers, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints, and keeping surfaces clean and sanitized,” explains Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and COO, while speaking to NBC New York.

It is evident that airport authorities are pushing the envelope to restore the confidence of travelers and assuring them that their safety is being taken care of. Experts believe with the support of breakthrough technology such as UV Robots, gradually the industry will be able to recover and people will move around continents, freely, like before.

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Harvard Medical School Professor Supports Upper-room UV Germicidal Irradiation to Kill Airborne Pathogens

When it comes to keeping our surroundings clean, we all are very cautious about the surfaces, however, air disinfection is generally overlooked. With offices, schools, restaurants and commercial activities gradually opening up, there’s a higher possibility of disease-causing pathogens getting transmitted from the air in such closed environments.

It is here that Upper-room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation comes into picture, which is believed to destroy the bacteria and viruses floating in the air. “We have struggled in the past to see this highly effective, very safe technology fully implemented for airborne infections,” asserted Dr. Edward A. Nardell, a professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School while speaking to The New York Times a couple of months ago. “We’ve done the studies. We know it works.”

That Sunlight disinfects is a universal fact and this technology would mean bringing the same, indoors. Putting the debate of harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays to rest, this upper-room UV technology makes use of UVC light, which is considered safe for humans. Though it can cause irritation on the skin and in the eyes, it is said to clear up in a couple of days. To be more prudent, the light is usually placed at a height way above people’s head or is generally put to use when the space is unoccupied. According to Dr. Nardell, the safety of UVC light is really long established.

Since these upper-air UV fixtures are either mounted on walls or ceilings they are immobile, which puts their efficiency for bigger spaces under the scanner. As Jelena Srebric, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland specifies, “The mall owners are calling with the exact same question.” Consequently, ceiling fans are being used to circulate the air and push it upward so that floating bacteria and viruses are annihilated faster. It is reported that ceiling fans improved the efficiency by about a third.

Dr. Srebric and Dr. Nardell are now applying the models to bigger spaces like airports and retail stores and are sure that it will definitely improve the safety factor.

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Axenic-UV becomes the 1st Disinfection Solutions Provider to be an Associated Member of IACBM

Indiana, Indianapolis, November 24, 2020 – Axenic-UV announced today that the company has officially partnered with IACBM as one of their Associate Members. The associate membership will put Axenic-UV at the forefront in the minds of Illinois county officials, ensuring more visibility, access and acknowledgement that will allow the company to spread awareness regarding UV Disinfection technology throughout the region.

The IACBM Associate Member Program helps to foster the important relationship between public and private sectors. It will allow Axenic-UV to have an exchange of ideas with county leaders to strengthen local government and at the same time increase business civic engagement.

“We are very excited to be associated with a not-for-profit organization like IACBM. It will give our company an opportunity to engage with 102 counties and work together to seek new and innovative ways to provide better services to their citizens,” said Ekamdeep Singh, Axenic-UV’s Co-Founder. “Our expertise in UV Disinfection technology combined with the support of IACBM will help us to make more and more counties aware about its effectiveness and help them in putting the required safety measures in place.”

About IACBM Associate Membership Program
IACBM’s Associate Membership Program is the most efficient and cost-effective way to showcase your company or organization to county government decision makers throughout the state of Illinois. It offers myriads of benefits including various presentation opportunities, exhibit space, subscriptions to Capitol legislative report & annual summary, training seminars and network with county leaders to name a few. Associate members also serve as subject matter experts and have opportunities to provide content for IACBM publications and events.

About Axenic-UV
Axenic-UV is a leading American Disinfection Solutions Provider. It is home to a comprehensive range of Surface Disinfection, Air Disinfection and Elevated Temperature Detection Solutions. Its constant urge to innovate has led the company to take the contactless disinfection a notch above the rest. Axenic-UV’s trailblazing devices not only ensure a germ-free environment but also reduced maintenance cost, reduced labor cost and reduced time. With the influential support of America’s leading LED Lighting Group, IKIO, the company strives to leverage the advancing possibilities of the latest Germicidal UV Technology and lead the industry in eradicating harmful pathogens.

Contact: Mandeep Singh, VP Marketing & PR
Company: Axenic-UV
Phone: +1 317-853-0667

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Airborne Transmission Pushes Restaurateurs to Invest in UV Disinfection

Increasing concerns regarding air transmission of harmful pathogens have pushed restaurant owners to invest in UVC light devices that could disinfect both air and surfaces. This holds true as these dine in spaces host people in closed environments without masks, when the risk of airborne transmission could be particularly high.

In June this year, celebrity chef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House in the Orange County of California invested about $7,000 on the new UV equipment to make his customers feel at ease. He also outfitted a UVC system inside his air conditioning fixtures.

Taking it a step further, Silver Diner, country’s famous restaurant chain spent about $500,000 on ultraviolet cleaning systems that could disinfect both air and surfaces. These germicidal irradiation systems are being used in all of its 20 locations and are either installed in air conditioning equipment or air purifiers or overhead fixtures, that are also known as upper-room UV fixtures.

Justifying the huge investment, Silver Diner co-owner, Ype Von Hengst told nbcwashington, “It’s costly, but I think everyone will do it because it’s less costly than not having guests in your restaurants.” He also adds how investing in UV Light disinfection devices is in the best interest of his staff and customers.

There are many others who are following in the footsteps of Serato and Von Hengst to keep their restaurants up and running during a pandemic like this.

Here, it is important to throw some light on CDC’s new guidelines, published this October, which confirmed that the principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. It further elaborated on how these respiratory viruses are transmitted in multiple ways.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Golden Bridge Awards

IKIO Wins Gold and Silver in the 2020 Golden Bridge Awards®

IKIO LED Lighting CEO receives Gold for Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing and its Superia LED Linear High Bay wins Silver for Energy Efficiency

Indiana, Indianapolis – Oct. 28, 2020 IKIO LED Lighting announced today that Golden Bridge Awards has named its CEO, Ekamdeep Singh, a Gold winner and its SUPERIA LED Linear High Bay a Silver winner in the 12th Annual 2020 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards®.

IKIO’s CEO is recognized under the category Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing; Superia LED Linear High Bay is recognized under the category Energy Efficiency. Singh, like any other entrepreneur, had a modest start in 2014 in the US and since then has taken IKIO to new heights achieving over 500% growth in the last three years. His constant urge to innovate has led the company introduce some breakthrough products in the market – Superia LED Linear High Bay with 200 lumens per watt that has won under the Energy Efficient category is one such milestone.

“It feels great to receive this recognition from Golden Bridge Awards, specifically for our LED Linear High Bay. As a company, we have always focused on R&D to bring about innovative products that could set the bar high. Our Superia LED Linear High bay with 200 lumens per watt surpasses the industry average of 170-180 lumens per watt, which signifies lesser energy consumption while giving more light output,” said Ekamdeep Singh, IKIO’s Founder & CEO. “These awards further validate our position in the market and bring us a step closer to our vision of being the gamechanger in the LED Lighting industry.”

The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program recognizes and honors the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, case studies and successful deployments, public relations and marketing campaigns, product management, websites, blogs, white-papers, videos, advertisements, creativity, partner programs, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world.

Judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2020 award winners. Winners will be celebrated and presented their awards during a virtual awards ceremony in December.

About IKIO
IKIO, an Inc.5000 company, is a leading Indianapolis-based LED Lighting manufacturer of Commercial, Industrial and Multi-family Residential/Hospitality, Hazardous Location and Solar Outdoor Lighting applications. The company is spearheading the revolution of LED lighting innovation through its consistent focus on R&D and operational optimization. It has 6 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants that have a combined manufacturing capacity of 10 million fixtures annually. IKIO is constantly working in the development of sustainable products that are changing the landscape of the lighting industry and energy conservation.


Contact: Mandeep Singh, VP Marketing & PR
Company: IKIO LED Lighting
Phone: +1 317-853-0667


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MBE Certification

IKIO Receives National MBE Certification from NMSDC

IKIO LED Lighting as a certified MBE will have access to numerous benefits & services granted to minority owned businesses in the US.

Indiana, Indianapolis, October 13, 2020 – IKIO LED Lighting announced today that it has earned the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) National Certification from the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC). IKIO has followed a process of rigorous scrutiny and stringent requirements to earn this certification, which puts the company in the unique position to foster long-term, mutually beneficial business relations with not only prospective corporate buyers but also with local, state & federal government departments.

“As a company we are very proud of this recognition as NMSDC certification is considered the platinum standard in supplier diversity and can improve financial performance of a company. It opens up a whole new world of opportunities to do business and puts us in a position to offer cost saving strategies and take advantage of various federal & state tax incentives,” said Ekamdeep Singh, IKIO’s Founder & CEO. “It will also put our culturally diverse workforce at the forefront and increase overall growth of the company. We believe when different minds come together for a common purpose, they can do wonders.”

Among other benefits, this certification also gives MBEs access to top corporate purchasing agents, inclusion & access to the NMSDC database, eligibility for participation in NMSDC development programs, and request for proposal, business leads & alerts for procurement opportunities from corporate members. It is thus safe to say that partnering with an MBE can accelerate your company’s growth along with the overall economic growth by providing a common rostrum to corporations, government agencies and minority businesses.

About IKIO
IKIO, an Inc.5000 company, is a leading Indianapolis-based LED Lighting manufacturer of Commercial, Industrial and Multi-family Residential/Hospitality, Hazardous Location and Solar Outdoor Lighting applications. The company is spearheading the revolution of LED lighting innovation through its consistent focus on R&D and operational optimization. It has 6 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants that have a combined manufacturing capacity of 10 million fixtures annually. IKIO is constantly working in the development of sustainable products that are changing the landscape of the lighting industry and energy conservation.


Contact: Mandeep Singh, VP Marketing & PR
Company: IKIO LED Lighting
Phone: +1 317-853-0667


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