29 Mar 2020
With negative pressure design and new air purification technology to create a world-class venue with innovative facilities
The global conference and exhibition (C&E) industry has been impacted massively by the COVID-19 outbreak, and Hong Kong is no exception. The postponement and cancellation of the many exhibitions and conventions imposes chain effects on a wide variety of businesses, spanning hotel, aviation, catering and tourism sectors. The C&E industry plays an important role in providing a source of income generation and recovery for Hong Kong's economy. Following a series of epidemic prevention measures, AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), as one of the leading exhibition and convention centres in Asia, is introducing the world’s first “CLeanTech" disinfection installation and advanced air purification technology. These high-performance disinfection initiatives at AsiaWorld-Expo set the trend for the industry as it prepares for eventual recovery.
Irene Chan, Chief Executive Officer, AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, said, “The Hong Kong SAR Government has announced a sum of HK$30 billion for the Anti-epidemic Fund. More than HK$1,000 million has been earmarked for the industry to reinvigorate Hong Kong’s reputation as an international premier C&E hub. AsiaWorld-Expo welcomes the measures and goes an extra mile to proactively engage with manufacturers specialising in biotechnology and disinfection applications. By thoroughly disinfecting the venue through scientifically-proved solutions, AWE safeguards the health of visitors and staff with products of high and long-lasting efficacy, and sets the example for industry fellows to provide safe and healthy environments when event activities eventually resume.”
“In these challenging times, we are living up to our corporate social responsibilities by supporting the Government with the set-up of the temporary test centre and COVID-19 specimen collection facilities at AsiaWorld-Expo for inbound travellers from overseas. This eases the demand on hospitals for isolation wards. It is an affirmation of the capabilities of AsiaWorld-Expo in its epidemic prevention and effective sanitation efforts. Once COVID-19 is under control, we are fully ready to bring back various large-scale exhibitions and exciting events in collaboration with our stakeholders”
She concludes, “A safe and healthy environment is equally important as the state-of-the-art facilities. AsiaWorld-Expo has maintained close communication with organisers and we have high confidence in the future prospects.”
The World’s First “CLeanTech” Disinfection Installation
In partnership with a professional biotech and sanitising company, AsiaWorld-Expo is the first in the MICE industry to introduce “CLeanTech”, an innovative three-in-one disinfection installation combining a suite of technologies including BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying technology, Aegis Intelligence and negative room pressure design. Subject to organisers’ needs and event scale, AWE plans to deploy such device at upcoming major trade exhibitions and conventions by then visitors will be admitted through the device prior entering to event halls. The device door will be opened automatically when the visitors passed the built-in temperature checking. After entering CLeanTech, it will help to sanitise outfits and carry-on items of visitors in just 12 seconds and keep them safe.
Natural Botanical Disinfection and Physical Puncture Sterilisation: A Two-pronged Approach to Create Impeccable Standards for Everyone
Specifically designed for Air Sanitisation and Purification, BioEm is a Natural Botanical Disinfection solution which is well-tested and known to be effective over a wide spectrum, and can kill a variety of viruses, including SARS(99.99%), H3N2(99.99%), H1N1(99.995%), and 100% bacteria*. The ingredients are natural and safe and can effectively kill indoor bacteria. Aegis Intelligence is remarkable for its physical puncture sterilisation and photocatalyst disinfection and is used to purify venue facilities such as on doors and door handles at major entrances, escalator handrails, washrooms and chairs in restaurant. It can eliminate potentially dangerous microbes on objects with a long durability of up to 12 months. These safeguards help protect our frontline staff and reduce the need for frequent manual work, while also reducing reliance on traditional sanitiser which is now in high demand worldwide.
In addition to the protection of visitors, AsiaWorld-Expo also cares for the health of its staff members and has gone to great lengths beyond the standard provision of masks and hand sanitiser. AsiaWorld-Expo plans to apply Aegis Intelligence to the uniforms of frontline staff, and is committed to comprehensively eliminating bacteria and thereby strengthening the protection and safety of employees.
Sammy Tsui, Founder and Managing Director, BioEm Air Sanitising Technology Company Limited, said, “In 2003, SARS was what pushed the founding team to establish BioEm. Based on scientific evidence, we successfully used a variety of natural plant extracts to develop BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying Liquid. The product has passed the Long-term Inhalation Safely Test and the Human Skin Sensitive Test conducted by the well-known universities in Hong Kong, and was accredited in the 2009 Geneva International Innovation Invention Award. In addition, we are also the exclusive Greater China agent of Aegis Intelligence, a patented product that originated in Singapore which uses photocatalysis to sterilise surrounding objects, with lasting effects of up to 12 months following application. We are proud to cooperate with AsiaWorld-Expo to contribute to the local C&E industry and in protecting people generally. AsiaWorld-Expo is the first exhibition and event venue in the world to deploy “CLeanTech" disinfection installation; we appreciate the visionary move of AWE, which serves as a role model for Hong Kong’s C&E industry and the wider economy. The disinfection results seen from the use of these technologies at AsiaWorld-Expo can strengthen the confidence of exhibitors and visitors alike, contributing to the acceleration of the economic recovery of the Hong Kong C&E industry.”
*Tested by Versitech Ltd. – The Technology Transfer Company of the University of Hong Kong, Microchem Laboratory, and two other well-known universities in Hong Kong.
CLeanTech is the first negative pressure clean room of applying Aegis 5700SC, a patented microbe shield with photocatalyst together with BioEm , a patented air sanitising and purifying liquid with natural ingredients.
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Irene Chan, Chief Executive Officer, AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, said, “A safe and healthy environment is equally important as the state-of-the-art facilities.”
Aegis Intelligence will be applied to sanitise facility surfaces and surroundings with its Physical Puncture and Photocatalysis mechanism.
For protecting the health of AsiaWorld-Expo staff, Aegis Intelligence will also be gradually applied to the uniforms of frontline staff.
Aegis Intelligence will also be applied to doors, door handles, handrails, washrooms and restaurant chairs at AsiaWorld-Expo. A single application lasts for up to 12 months.
APPENDIX: Applications of BioEm and Aegis Intelligence
AsiaWorld-Expo uses different types of innovative disinfection technology in accordance with the characteristics of the venue and different activity scenarios, by using “BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying Technology” in crowded environments and applying Aegis Intelligence to strengthen environmental sanitation, so as to provide a safe and reliable venue for events.
APPENDIX: Introduction of BioEm and Aegis Intelligence Technology
BioEm innovative 3D Hunting Method:
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