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Steelcase partners with Kontrol Technologies on air quality and viral detection technology


Facilities Maintenance

August 16, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Photo: Kontrol Technologies Corp.

Steelcase announced an exclusive agreement with Kontrol Technologies Corp. to offer customers in the U.S. and Canada access to Kontrol BioCloud viral detection technology.

Kontrol will offer its air quality monitoring device exclusively in the contract furniture market through Steelcase’s extensive dealer network. BioCloud provides real-time detection of airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.

“Steelcase research shows that when people return to the workplace they will expect a greater emphasis on safety — citing air quality and adherence to safety protocols as top needs,” said Allan Smith, Steelcase global vice president of marketing. “The office can play a role in helping to mitigate the spread of disease and collaboration with Kontrol BioCloud will help our customers in their efforts to create healthy spaces for their employees when they return to the office.”

BioCloud samples the air continuously through a combination of three independent capture techniques. When the device detects a virus, it sends a communication in the Cloud or over local intranet, notifying workplace leaders in real time. With this actionable information, employers can take the measures needed to mitigate virus outbreaks in the office.

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“Kontrol is excited to enter into a marketing alliance with Steelcase, a global leader in workplace solutions that help people feel safe and productive through adaptable furniture and technology. We look forward to delivering air quality and real-time space monitoring technology to the work environment through the extensive Steelcase dealer network,” said Paul Ghezzi, CEO, Kontrol. “The marketing alliance with Steelcase provides Kontrol BioCloud with a significant platform into the United States office market as well as an established corporate customer base.”