Innovations for safe workspaces and smart medical equipment
Out of the three ideas that will be supported by supported by EIT Manufacturing two ensures safe public spaces, and one addresses ventilator shortage with a new simple, air-powered solution.
CleanAIR: A cost effective, mobile air cleaner for public and private use. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets, which air conditioning systems need to have enough fresh air intake. In some cases, it’s not possible to update existing air conditioning system or install new devices to fulfil the requirements. CleanAIR therefore proposes a solution to safely nebulize disinfectants to purify the air, including the development of a control unit for monitoring, cleaning and disinfection strategies. The system is expected to run in cleaning mode during daytime and spread disinfectants with higher airflow at night. The project is led by EIT Manufacturing’s Partner TU Wien (Institute for Production Engineering and Photonic Technologies at the Technical University of Vienna), together with an Austrian and German consortium, including the Austrian Institute of Technology, HPM GmbH, AQA GmbH, TBB BAUER&BAUER GmbH.
Activity budget: 335,600 €.
Innov-Ventilator: Addressing ventilator shortage with a design of a new purely pneumatic, i.e. air-powered ventilator: simple, safe to operate and easy to manufacture, and upgradable with common sensors and display technologies. The INNOV-Ventilator project is led by EIT Manufacturing’s Partner Tecnalia together with a Spanish and German consortium consisting of TU Graz, Carl Reiner, WILD, University Hospital of Cologne from Germany and Osakidetza and Biocruces Bizkaia Health Institute, Spain.
Activity budget: 329,400 €
PanTrack: A proposal for an automated system to ensure security measures are maintained using motion tracking technologies. The system monitors motion of humans and objects in production areas like factory floors or co-working spaces with pragmatic direct feedback to worker to facilitate adoption. The PanTrack System helps prevent unnoticed chains of infection and the closure of businesses and manufacturing facilities; it aims at supporting the recovery of European (and global) economy and providing a rapid response to future threats of similar nature. The project is led by EIT Manufacturing’s Partner TU Braunschweig, Germany in cooperation with Arduino, Switzerland.
Activity budget: 296,300 €.
The EIT Crisis Response Initiative launched in May 2020 consists of two main tracks of activities to be implemented by the EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities across Europe: Venture Support Instrument for start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and another track, aiming identifying and supporting promising Pandemic Response Projects addressing the COVID-19 crisis directly. Learn more about the EIT Crisis Response Initiative in this factsheet.