AsiaWorld-Expo deploys the world’s first “CLeanTech" disinfection installation
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 Certificate of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Human Skin Sensitive Test of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 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 Hong Kong Polytechnic University 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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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.
|Target Group||Applications||Extra disinfection and sterilisation measures|
|Visitors||Exhibition entrance||• Installation of CLeanTech The world's first three-in-one disinfection device combining three highly effective technologies: BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying Technology, Aegis Intelligence and negative room pressure.|
|Organisers||Organiser office||• Use BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying technology to deliver air disinfection and purification, eliminating bacteria and decomposing harmful substances in the air comprehensively. The efficiency of anti-bacterial action is up to 100%, while the kill rate of viruses is over 99.995%*, improving indoor air quality, and ensuring organisers and staff work at ease in a hygienic environment.|
|Public facilities||- Doors and door handles at major entrances
- Escalator handrails
- Lift and lift buttons
- Chairs in restaurant
|• Aegis Intelligence is applied to kill bacteria with advanced technology. The mechanism is similar to applying water droplets covered with fine puncture needles which break the cells of bacteria physically. The technology is advanced by its photocatalysis formula wherein sunlight or artificial lights continually activates the process. It provides lasting effectiveness for up to 12 months (study references follows) via a strong, continuous disinfection effect and anti-microbial action.|
|Staff||Staff entrance, office||• Use of BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying technology.|
|Staff uniforms||• Regular application of Aegis Intelligence to the uniforms of frontline staff members.|
*Tested by Versitech Ltd. – The Technology Transfer Company of the University of Hong Kong, Microchem Laboratory, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University
APPENDIX: Introduction of BioEm and Aegis Intelligence Technology
BioEm innovative 3D Hunting Method:
- The components of BioEm Air Sanitising and Purifying Liquid are mainly extracted from natural plant (Mentha Spicata, Arteannuin, Matrine), which can effectively sterilise, disinfect, deodorise and decompose Total Volatile Organic Compounds such as formaldehyde
- BioEm technology has been tested by the three universities in Hong Kong (including Technology Transfer Company of the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and authorities (China National Center for Quality Supervision and Test of Environment Protection Products and the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Center)
- Long-term inhalation safety test by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and human skin sensitive test by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- BioEm was accredited in the 2009 Geneva International Innovation Invention Award
Partial authority certification:
|Authority certification (1)|
|Testing Organisation||Versitech Limited (The Technology Transfer Company of the University of Hong Kong)|
|Test||Tested according to the British Standards procedures for five kinds of microorganisms, BioEm Air Sanitising & Purifying Liquid is confirmed as effective against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, Legionella Pneumophila, Human Influenza Virus (H3N2), Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) and SARS Coronavirus|
|Test results||For the above five kinds of microbes, a kill rate of up to 99.99% has been observed|
|Authority certification (2)|
|Testing Organisation||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology|
|Test||Demonstrated efficacy for bacteria types tested after BioEm treatment. Among them are: Bacillus Subtilis, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Neisseria Sicca, Staphylococcus Epidermidis, Penicillium Chrysogenum, Cladosporium Sp., Alternaria Sp, Aspergillus Niger|
|Test results||For the above microbes, a kill rate of up to 99.99% has been observed.|
|Authority certification (3)|
|Testing Organisation||Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|Test||Tested according to the EN 1276:1997 British Standards procedures for five kinds of microorganisms, BioEm Air Sanitising & Purifying Liquid is confirmed as effective against Shigella Flexneri, Vibrio Cholerae, Vibrio Parahaemolyticus, Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli.|
|Test results||For the above five kinds of microbes, a kill rate of up to 100% has been observed. (The kill rate of Salmonella Typhimurium is over 99.99%).|
- Aegis Intelligence: Based on Aegis® formulated in the US it has over 40 years of proven contributions to global bacterial safety and microbial control
- Effectively eliminates bacteria, fungus, mould, formaldehyde, VOC and provides deodorisation
- Particularly suitable for high-risk areas such as hospitals, nursing homes, kindergartens
- Uses cooperative photocatalytic technology to actively attack viruses and bacteria attached to objects using sunlight or light, with lasting protective effects of up to 12 months
- Uses double sterilisation technology for improved efficacy and protection against a range of bacteria
|(1) Physical sterilisation||• The bactericides used are distinctly different from general chemical poisoning methods
• Unique physical puncture sterilisation
• Prevents bacteria from building up resistance for potent and continued sterilisation
|(2) Photocatalytic technology||• Photocatalysts work for 24 hours
• Eliminates bacteria, indoor formaldehyde, and other harmful volatile organic compounds (thinners, etc.) under sunlight or artificial light
• The effect provides lasting protection for up to 12 months for powerful and continuous disinfection
- Non-toxic, safe, and environmentally friendly, with international certification, and has passed toxicity testing by US EPA. Ingredients approved by FDA and China FDA. Obtained safety and environmental protection verification in many developed countries, America, Canada, Japan, EU, etc.
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AsiaWorld-Expo has emerged as one of the world’s leading EXPOtainment venues, offering over 70,000 square metres of rentable space that is comprised of 10 state-of-the-art, ground-level and column-free exhibition halls including the Arena – the biggest indoor seated venue in Hong Kong with a maximum capacity of 14,000. Strategically located at the heart of a multi-modal transportation hub and adjacent to the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. AsiaWorld-Expo, with a convenient and in-venue MTR station, enjoys efficient transport connection to Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and other global regions.
With a proven track record of successes, AsiaWorld-Expo has received a number of accolades, namely the “Best International Venue” at the coveted Exhibition News (EN) Awards organised by Mash Media, a leading UK media for MICE in partnership with UFI, and the “Outstanding Venue Award” presented by The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA). For 8 consecutive years, AsiaWorld-Expo has been named as the “Best Convention & Exhibition Centre in Asia Pacific” by the prestigious CEI Asia magazine.
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