SALT LAKE CITY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – R-Zero, the first biosafety technology company dedicated to creating safer and healthier indoor spaces, today announced its flagship product, Bow, was recognized as a bronze winner for Health & Medical at the 2021 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). Produced by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the 2021 edition of the prestigious IDEA program has received the highest number of entries in its 41-year history. Of those 2,087 entries from 25 countries, 234 designs were linked to COVID-19.
Widely regarded as the most influential design awards program in North America, IDEA considers design innovation, user benefits, and societal benefits as part of its judging criteria. The R-Zero Arc received the Bronze Medical and Health Award for its innovative, human-centered industrial design approach to hospital grade UV-C disinfection. Launched in September 2020, Bow is the first IoT-enabled whole room UV disinfection device designed for dynamic environments outside of a hospital. Based on a highly efficient radial lamp design, the easy-to-use device makes hospital-grade UV disinfection financially and operationally accessible to every organization and community, for the first time.
Unlike existing UV-C systems considered the gold standard in hospitals, Arc was designed from the ground up with the end user in mind. Each element of the product has been considered from a visual, functional and technical point of view. The result is an intuitive, human-centered design that gives Arc a sense of optimism and accessibility, ultimately allowing it to fit seamlessly into any environment. Large, locking casters for easy mobility throughout an entire facility, a low center of gravity to prevent tipping, and a simple ‘push-button’ user interface – Arc’s intuitive design enabled technology previously reserved for hospitals to be efficient and easy to use. implement in all types of commercial spaces – from schools to senior care facilities, sports venues, hotels, restaurants, offices – large and small – and everything in between.
R-Zero’s strategic design partner, Bould Design, led the industrial design of the product, bringing much needed safety technology to market in just five months.
âWe designed Arc from the ground up, to empower organizations to take control of their environmental safety and well-being in these difficult times,â said Fred Bould, director and founder of Bould Design. âWe were determined to make Arc the most accessible and intuitive enterprise grade UV-C disinfection lamp in the world. The striking and upbeat design expresses R-Zero’s commitment to science, health and safety, while maintaining a form factor that is easy to maneuver and use. The R-Zero team deserves a lot of credit for their willingness to embrace the design process and take care of the details. ”
Arc’s powerful UV-C is proven to kill 99.99% of surface and airborne pathogens [in 1,000 sq ft space] in just 7 minutes – without using chemicals, while IoT connectivity shares real-time usage data, giving organizations a one-of-a-kind verifiable trail of all disinfection activity. Setting the standard for smart, long-lasting disinfection, Arc displaces harmful chemicals, while successfully resetting the air and surfaces in any space – in minutes.
âWhen we first designed Arc, we knew we had the opportunity to not only rewrite the narrative around UV-C, but also fundamentally change the way society approaches the health and safety of indoor spaces. Shared – truly iconic products have the power to catalyze a paradigm shift, and that was our intention with Arc, âsaid Grant Morgan, CEO and co-founder of R-Zero. âIn partnership with Bould Design, we have succeeded in creating a product that not only offers greater efficiency than existing systems used in hospitals, but ultimately creates a category definition product that enables a higher level of health and performance. security for millions of people across the country today. And we did it in five months.
R-Zero has demonstrated that there is a huge market for more effective, efficient and sustainable methods of creating safer indoor environments. Today, the company is emerging as a global leader in providing innovative biosecurity technologies to fill glaring gaps in society’s health protections against COVID-19 and all other infectious diseases common in the world. built environment.
R-Zero is the first biosafety technology company dedicated to making the indoor spaces we share safer and clinically clean. Founded to help organizations protect the health of the people they serve, R-Zero is dedicated to developing the most effective and innovative disinfection technologies to reduce the spread of all infectious diseases. R-Zero’s first product, Arc [an IoT-enabled, whole-room UV disinfection device] currently enables a higher level of health safety for hundreds of thousands of people, in public and private sector organizations, without the use of chemicals. Today, R-Zero is the pioneer of the first continuous and automated disinfection ecosystem, enabling every organization to measure and manage indoor health with a level of sophistication and ease that has not existed until now. Powered by data science, built with connected AI, ML and IoT hardware, R-Zero’s intelligent biosecurity platform delivers better visibility, automation and even smarter risk reduction in indoor spaces where people spend their time. R-Zero is backed by leading venture capitalists, DBL Partners, World Innovation Lab, SOSV / HAX, as well as thought leaders from the healthcare, hospitality, sports, commercial real estate, impact and others. For more information visit www.rzero.com
Bould Design was founded in 1995 by Fred Bould with the vision of creating beautiful, functional products by seamlessly merging the disciplines of industrial design and engineering. Having started as a solo operation, Bould Design has gradually grown to reach a team of eighteen people, with designers Anson Cheung and Jeremy Wolf joining as partners in 2016. Located in Silicon Valley , the studio has developed an authoritative expertise in designing smart products for both. home and commercial spaces. Bould Design has been a design partner for some of the world’s most innovative companies looking to fulfill the promise of technology to enable people to lead more comfortable, productive and meaningful lives. Notable clients and projects include the Nest Thermostat, Roku streaming players, and Eero WiFi systems. Bould Design products are used by millions of people around the world every day at home, at work and in industry. For more information visit https://www.bould.com/
About the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)
IDEA is a leading international design competition, recognizing and promoting excellence in a wide range of industries and disciplines, including commercial products, entertainment, housewares, social impact designs and student designs. . Gold, silver and bronze winners are recognized. The winning works receive the press from around the world and are held in a permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. For more information, visit IDSA.org/IDEA.