Antibacterial Beacons: Healthcare Asset Tracking Gets Clean
Keeping hospitals safe and clean is no easy task. That’s why we’re releasing an anti-bacterial option for every one of our beacons.
Use your beacons in a sensitive environment? Whether you’re in healthcare, food and beverage, or manufacturing, all your favorite Kontakt.io beacons can now be made using an antibacterial surface.
Now, you can use beacons everywhere with the confidence they’ll stay sanitary. This is deal for:
- Healthcare and medical facilities
- Food and packaged good production
- Sports and leisure facilities
- Daycares or nursing
Why are antibacterial beacons important?
There are ample antibacterial products for consumers on the market. Then there are tools designed for industry. There’s often a fundamental difference between these too. Sanitizing your hands after touching a greasy shopping cart can help protect you from getting sick and spreading germs around. You’re one person protecting yourself when (as they say) soap and water are unavailable.
On the other hand, hospitals regularly rely on sanitizing tools to keep their many wings and assets clean in order to protect at-risk patients. At the same time, food and beverage or other sensitive and regulated industries rely heavily on a reliably sanitary environment. Every new resource or piece of equipment—no matter how small—could become a liability. Healthcare asset tracking systems are very demanding. Hospitals assets need visibility through real-time analytics and affordable infrastructures. But what happens when you finally get your healthcare asset tracking system installed?
Unfortunately, many of these sensitive operations are also very large, making it difficult to tackle problems like bacteria at scale.
An example: the average US hospital is nearly 75,000 square feet, and well over 100 million people will visit outpatient departments each year. No one wants to know how many bacteria can be found on the premises. More importantly, those admitted for care are often both highly susceptible to illnesses and also more likely to already have decreased immune system capabilities, making any sickness that much more damaging.
How are our antibacterial beacons made?
We used silver ions to form an antibacterial surface that inhibits the survival and growth of
bacteria on our beacons. We tested them rigorously in accordance with ISO 22196:2011 and here’s what we found: thanks to this addition, our beacons have achieved a 99.9% bacteria reduction.