Published On: Wed, Jun 30th, 2021

World’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle

A tech company has launched the world’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle, which can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building, save businesses thousands in cleaning costs and contribute to a post-COVID19 way of life. Swiss tech company, Tweaq is now taking orders for its self-cleaning aluminium door handle, Touch 1, for delivery in July 2021.

How the ‘Touch 1’ hand work
1: The user engages with the door handle as they normally would.
2: Once the door handle is released, a sensor activates a peristaltic pump to dispense disinfectant liquid from the casing into the sponge located inside the ring around the door handle.
3: An internal electric engine drives the outer aluminium ring backwards and forwards once along the surface, eliminating 99% of bacteria and viruses in less than three seconds.

Touch 1 is powered by a lithium battery found in each cartridge; which also houses the disinfectant tank. Each cartridge allows for up to 1,000 uses and both the battery level and level of disinfectant can be monitored using the Tweaq app.

Installing Touch 1 takes less than ten minutes and can be used with standard doors with no modifications required. The cartridge replacement is also quick and simple for users to replace themselves after 1,000 uses. When the disinfectant liquid runs out, the user will be notified with the use of IOT on the Tweaq app. When this occurs, the user replaces it with an extra cartridge and sends the empty cartridge back to Tweaq. Tweaq then refill the cartridge and recharge the batteries before being redistributed. The casing replacement process has been developed to be as user-friendly and sustainable as possible to reduce waste. Touch 1 has a plug and play feature allowing the user to swap the cartridge in less than 30 seconds – similar to plugging in a cable to a socket. In a year where hygiene has been more paramount than ever before, the Tweaq team has conducted extensive research and found touching one door handle is the equivalent of 10,000 handshakes. The UK is starting to look at offices reopening again, but the internal door handles can be an issue. Tweaq has found within two hours an office of 80 people can be infected due to one contaminated door handle. Touch 1 allows an establishment to provide a safer environment to its employees and visitors as they return back to ‘normal’.

Tweaq’s team provided extensive research into the types of businesses its product would benefit, not only from a hygiene improvement point of view, but as a cost saving exercise. For example, a restaurant with 250 visitors a day would have half of the visitors use the bathroom, averaging 125 uses daily. This in turn equates to 40,000 uses in the year, costing £2 per day for a professional service to. In comparison, it is £1/day with Touch 1 plus the initial investment. This is a saving of over £350 a year. Giovanni Barilla, CEO from Tweaq said: “We help people open doors to the world, safeguarding their every touch-point. Our product combines hardware and software technology to provide an effective and reliable solution that not only protects people but can save businesses money in the long run. The world is changing mindset and attitude to investing in hygiene has completely transformed. We are thrilled to be able to offer a prevention solution that will hopefully help ease concerns and provide peace of mind for many.”

Touch 1 is priced at £399 for two units (one full door) and cartridge refills from £15. There is a subscription plan available at £6.20 per month to have complete access to IOT connectivity, data and free shipping of Tweaq cartridges. Touch 1 will be available in four shades, grey, silver, rose gold and gold. Customers can currently order for delivery in July 2021. For larger orders, price is available on request.