SARS-CoV-2 is a virus whose main means of transmission has been shown to be via the airborne route, with distance transmission through aerosols being the most difficult to control. Thus, the air we breathe became the main source of the problem, forcing us to improve the ventilation of spaces and the use of masks indoors, all of these measures aimed at reducing the viral load of the air we breathe.
Ensuring safety in the enclosed spaces we share is essential for coexistence and the recovery of the social habits we enjoyed before the pandemic, as well as for those sectors particularly affected, such as health, hospitality, tourism, transport, culture and commerce, among others.
The general objective of COVILED is the design, development and validation of a technological solution to reduce the incidence of infections caused by Sars-CoV-2 that are transmitted by air. To this end, we propose the creation of an integral system for the intelligent disinfection of air circulating in ventilation ducts through the use of ultraviolet C (UV-C) radiation, combining photonic technologies, IoT and AI. The aim of this system is to implement prevention and mitigation strategies in an active way, acting dynamically and in real time on radiation systems based on data received from sensors and other sources of information.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we brought together five entities from different sectors and fields of knowledge: SETGA, manufacturer of lighting systems, INSATI and WG, technology-based companies specialising in eHealth and IoT, respectively, INIBIC, through its managing body, the Professor Nóvoa Santos Foundation (FPNS), represented in this project by its areas of health technologies, IT and telemedicine, as well as the microbiology service, and the USC, through its research groups Photonics4Life (optical design, manufacture of microfluidic devices and lighting) and Biotec (microbiology).
COVILED is a project subsidised by the Galician Innovation Agency, financed by Feder funds and supported by the Second Vice-presidency and the Galician Ministry of Economy, Enterprise and Innovation.
File: IN852D 2021/9
Title: Intelligent disinfection system for the control of the aerial spread of COVID-19
Subsidised activity: Experimental development
Location of operation: VIGO, PONTEVEDRA, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, A CORUÑA
Budget: 517,228.93 €.
Amount of the grant: €445 480.14
% Feder: 100%
Consortium: INSATI INNOVATION, S.L, WIRELESS GALICIA S.L, SETGA S.L.U, UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, FUNDACION PROFESOR NOVOA SANTOS.
Start date: 01/03/2021
End date: 30/04/2023