"It has been known for 100 years that UV light is incredibly efficient in killing bacteria," were the exact words of Dr. David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University while he was speaking with ABC7 New York, regarding the pilot project undertaken by New York City Transit for using Ultraviolet Technology to kill Covid-19 on surfaces.

In a bid to disinfect its trains and provide its users a germ-free commute, NYC Transit doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned, hence, they are willing to try any and every idea that might help them in combatting these challenging times. “Ultraviolet technology is one of many outside-the-box ideas we’re pursuing to disinfect the system. I look forward to continuing to expand this pilot and learning more about how ultraviolet technology can best help us moving forward,” elaborated Sally Librera, NYC Transit Senior Vice President for Subways in her conversation with ABC7 New York, last month.

NYC Transit also stresses upon the use of safety features to ensure the safety of those workers who are in charge of cleaning of the trains via UVC technology.

It is clear that the industry is finally acknowledging the power and utility of UV Technology in its fight against disease-causing pathogens. With countries reopening and people getting back to their daily grind, sanitization of public transports and other public spaces will be more crucial than ever. Big or small, private or public – every space needs to be disinfected and that’s where UV technology is gaining momentum.

After all it is for something that the global UV disinfection equipment market was valued at $1.3 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach $5.7 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 17.1% from 2020 to 2027, as per Allied Market Research.

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