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UV light disinfects ambulances

Southern Thuringian company BINZ recently launched a groundbreaking innovation to combat deadly pathogens: An LED light system installed in the ambulance’s headliner emits UV light that kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, viruses and other germs in just under ten minutes.

The Ilmenau-based ambulance equipment manufacturer claims that its technology disinfects vehicles more quickly and thoroughly than conventional methods. The light system is activated with a push of a button while the ambulance waits for its next call. It requires no warming-up period, generates no harmful ozone and has proven to be better and more variable than fluorescent bulbs, according to the Fraunhofer Institute in Ilmenau, which collaborated with BINZ in developing the innovative technology. The partnership between the company and the research institution is an example of the kind of vibrant, fruitful technology transfers that happen in Thuringia.

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