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Kochi, June 16, 2020
VST Mobility Solutions, a startup in Kochi, Kerala, has launched an automated mask disposal machine as part of efforts to develop products to help combat COVID-19 pandemic.
The disposal device, named BIN-19, is based on the Chitra UV-based face mask disposal bin technology from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, an institute of national importance under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), an official press release said.
It was formally launched by Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas last week by installing a unit at his office, the administrative headquarters of the district.
The IoT-based BIN-19 (Internet of Things) is used for collecting and disinfecting used facemasks. The device has been subjected to a series of successful microbiological tests by Sree Chitra Lab, one of the testing agencies for UV-based devices in the country as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Launching the BIN-19 and UV SPOT, Suhas said this was the first time that such a facility has become available in Kerala. “These products will be assets for beating the COVID-19 in the state. They would also help in preventing environmental damage,” he added.
“The DST and the Institute are very happy to see the successful launch of UV-bin and multipurpose disinfection system by VST. We would like to congratulate the team for converting our technical knowhow and prototype into these devices, which will be very handy in offices, homes, and other public places. It will be an addition to the efforts to break the chain of contagion of COVID-19,” said Dr Asha Kishore, Director, SCTIMST.
Explaining the functioning of BIN-19, Alvin George, CEO of VST Mobility Solutions, she said the used masks dropped inside a container of the bin will be first disinfected by a process. The disinfected masks will be transferred to another container inside the Bin.
The person dropping the mask can sanitize her hands with the help of the automatic sanitizer dispenser attached to the Bin-19. There is no need to touch or operate any switches in the Bin to do all these. All functions are automated in the hands-free equipment for the safety of users and health workers.
The IoT features of BIN-19 are Auto Sanitizer Dispenser (remotely alerts if it is empty), Mobile Application to navigate/find Bin-19, Web Portal for Status Alerts, Power ON/OFF alerts and Box open alerts.
VSL Mobility Solutions has also launched UV SPOT, a UV light-based multipurpose disinfector, another product in its Covid-19 combat portfolio. It is a multipurpose disinfector device with ultraviolet disinfection lamps. With internal reflective surfaces and UVC Lamp, the device disinfects a board range of microorganisms.
The device is mainly used for disposing of the contaminated or used facemask and for reusing the UVC stable metallic products. This device is proven under a microbiological test conducted by Sree Chitra Lab.