ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Technology brought to the Big Country that allegedly capable of killing COVID-19 is being installed in local buildings and beyond.
Brian Bluhm, partner at Breathe In Technologies, says when the pandemic started he wanted to be part of the solution.
“We knew we had to do something to improve the air quality and find a way to contain the pathogens that were in the air with COVID,” said Bluhm.
Bluhm said he was familiar with technologies used in Israel for food production and biological weapons prevention.
“I called my contact in Israel and asked, ‘Would you be willing to import this technology into the United States?’ because at that point it wasn’t like that, and they said: ‘Yes, we can do that,’ ”said Bluhm.
Last year, Breathe In became one of their branches in the United States, right here in the Big Country. He says the device called the Sterionizer is like bringing nature into space.
“Nature produces so-called bipolar ions, and it is a natural disinfectant,” said Bluhm.
This means that the moisture molecules it comes in contact with are converted into hydrogen peroxide, which sterilizes the surface. The technology is not new, but what makes it special is its patent. These units allowed some local businesses to operate relatively normally during the pandemic.
“While everything was closed and all the community theater and movies and so on, we were still able to hold concerts because of this technology,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of the Abilene Philharmonic.
Smith says the technology has given them a sense of confidence to keep working through the pandemic.
“We just felt in the past concert season that it was an added benefit and an additional safety precaution for our audience,” he says.
The Big Country can expect to see this product in the future in the form of ceiling tiles as it is in the works right now.