Sogo, with its own R&D team, pioneers in the implementation of new anti-covid technologies.
Sogo was the first hotel, as early as March, to use UVC disinfection. Since UVC lights (254 nm) are great for killing viruses but inadvisable for human exposure, its UVCs are remote controlled or fitted away from personnel. Testing is on-going on new “FAR UVC” (≤ 222 nm) that’s been proven safe for humans.
As with UVC disinfection, HEPA Filters have long been widely used for hospital operating rooms and other sterilized clean rooms. Sogo started installing HEPA filters in all its aircon units to augment the regular filters. With a specification of 0.3 microns, these filters capture both Covid droplets and aerosolized virions.
The ACR (Air Change Rate) or the number of times the air is replaced for all general spaces is set at ≥ 4 per hour by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers). Sogo is doubling its current ACRs for intensified inflow of covid-free fresh air to accelerate indoor air replacement.
Dubai and Helsinki Airports have deployed Covid sniffer dogs to screen passengers and report a > 94% accuracy rate with dogs detecting the virus days before symptoms even start. Sogo has tied up with a leading K9 company, to have specially-trained Belgian Malinois dogs regularly screen its personnel for Covid.
For most branches, guests on their own, can get scanned before entry and if within the safe temperature limit, main doors will open automatically without need of any contact.
ATP (Adenosine TriPhosphate) Testing measures ATP content to indicate the presence and amount of microorganisms. Each branch has an Anti-Covid Team that regularly swabs high touch point surfaces that pass through ATP Fluorescence Detectors to verify microbial presence and effectivity of the new protocols.
Widely used in hospitals and mass transports in China, Hong Kong and Japan, these Polymer coatings are formed after spraying millions of nano-capsules with contact killing and anti-adhesion features that lasts for weeks. It effectively kills bacteria and viruses, including H1N1 and Covid. Sogo applies this over all furnishings and touch points.
A Sogo study shows that pre-pandemic, guests had a minimum of 59 Touch Points (TPs) during a typical hotel stay. Due to new protocols that include contact-less fixtures, TPs have been reduced by 40.7% with the goal to achieve a reduction of 30% with more advanced technology centered on cellphone use.
Guests can use Sogo’s QR code app to fill out Contact Tracing info. The same technology is used for ordering F&B items without need to hold menus and housephones to call in orders.
To further sanitize indoor air, Sogo installed air-purifying equipment having several levels of filters: Pre-filter, Activated Carbon, HEPA (H11), with built-in Cold Catalysts, Ion Generators and UVC lights that eliminate allergens and pollutants such as dust, pollen, odor, bacteria, viruses, and even reduces carbon dioxide levels.
Specially designed key (keychain) to avoid touching. This is one of our giveaways included in some of our promos.