As we’ve all discussed, customers and end-users have expressed concerns regarding technology, social distancing, and sanitation in a COVID-19 environment.
Cleaning and sanitation procedures are going to be established within public spaces. Ultimately we believe touchscreens are just another surface that needs to be cleaned. We feel the touchscreen market will actually grow post COVID-19. To quote Dave Haynes – “Screens in public spaces need to be cleaned and sanitized steadily, but so do door handles, rails, and tabletops.”
All that being said, the CDC has stated “Coronavirus mainly spreads through person-to-person contact and ‘does not spread easily’ on contaminated surfaces,” see the link below:
We recognize there are some companies that are questioning touchscreen usage during this health crisis, so below is a summary of some products and safety steps that can be taken to increase user confidence with public facing touchscreens.
Please let us know if you have questions or would like to further discuss any of these items.
- TSI hand cleaner and holder
- Antimicrobial film
- AirTouch Display
- Screen Cleaning
- UV light sanitizer
We are offering an alcohol-based hand cleaner with mount that attaches to new and existing TSItouch screens and protective solutions – datasheet attached.
We are now offering anti-microbial film, which will adhere to the glass of our touch displays. It should be known that most anti-microbials do not kill any germs on contact but will inhibit some pathogens growth and therefore over time eliminate them.
The TSItouch AirTouch display is an IR touch solution that allows for interactivity without requiring the user to physically touch the display. The IR beam is built around the display, instead of directly on top of it. We're working to expand this product line - more info and datasheets to follow.
TSI recommends following CDC and EPA guidelines for cleaning touchscreens. This site is continuously updated, check back often for new recommendations. TSI’s preferred method - wipe type products or apply cleaner to a cloth and then wipe. Do not spray cleaner directly on displays. https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
It is possible that a solution could be developed using UV lights and other components that would provide a safe and highly automated way to clean a screen between each use. There are companies aggressively pursuing development of this type of capability. We can provide more guidance as it becomes available.