Doesn’t it sound intimidating that virus might survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel? It is in no way intimidating, according to studies. Given the threat of COVID-19 infection risk from physical touch, minimising contact with objects has become an essential part of anti-pandemic efforts - particularly when it comes to pressing the elevator buttons, which is often regarded as a hotbed for germs. HKPC has developed a novel “kNOw Touch” contactless panel to lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission whilst using an elevator. This cost efficient technology only requires a small twist without the need of vast mechanical alteration to perform.
Traumatised by the fear of spreading disease through physical contact, Hong Kong people have come up with lots of ways to press lift buttons by using keys, tissues, ball pens and other items instead of their fingers. But it is hard to maintain amid the prolonged outbreak.
As effort to fend off the pandemic, the HKPC’s Smart City Division has developed a touchless button solution named “kNOw Touch”, for the public to minimise the risk from getting the virus through touching the potentially contaminated panel surface inside the lift. Fear no longer.
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Dr Lawrence POON, General Manager of Smart City Division, said, “kNOw Touch” is an innovative application of technology. It’s the first in the world, the first in the market. This is a very good, very typical example for the commercialisation of our Hong Kong technology.”
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Dr POON believed that “kNOw Touch” can act as “a showcase to demonstrate the successful story to almost all the stakeholders and all the startups”, for them to repeat this kind of story by leveraging the capability of the research institutions in Hong Kong. He also stated that no matter how sophisticated or how simple the product is, HKPC can help them commercialise product ideas.