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Handheld device cleans surfaces of infectious bacteria, spores, even anthrax

October 24, 2001
Portable Bio Sweeper unveiled as anthrax fears consume nation.

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Intellicon Inc., an innovator of ultraviolet (UV) technology in industrial processes, unveiled a portable decontamination device it says is highly lethal to viruses, bacteria and spores.

Effective against virtually all bio toxins, the handheld device incorporates proven UV-C germicidal technology that has been used for years in water and air purification systems, and deploys it as a known technology to combat infectious, harmful microscopic bodies dangerous to human life.

Called the Bio Sweeper, the device provides trained HAZMAT and clean up personnel with an easy, cost-effective and exacting purification method for taking on hazardous biological enemies. It's easily moved side-to-side or up-and-down over perceived or known contaminated objects, whether they are mobile or fixed.

The operator positions this device over any surface including electronics, walls, carpet, desktops, paper and other non-living materials to detoxify areas in a matter of seconds and effectively stops harmful threats or spills before they can spread.

Available in a variety of lamp sizes and portable models, the units deliver more than 20 milliwatts/cm(2) of UV-C, 100 times more energy than needed to kill many common forms of viruses and bacteria, including tough airborne spores. Proven in an extensive range of studies, UV-C has successfully demonstrated its effectiveness in killing many bacteria and viruses including small pox, dengue, anthrax and even the common cold.

"The portability puts a high quality technology in the hands of the team members where it needs to be," said Gary Halmbacher, Intellicon president. "On the scene."

Citing an example of the recent alarm across the country, Halmbacher said the company sought ways to tackle the aggressive side of potential biohazard disasters such as current events that have heightened public awareness of Anthrax and other biohazards.

"UV-C requires special handling, and until now, its use has primarily been in fixed locations," said Halmbacher. "Although the light is absolutely lethal to Anthrax, most hazardous situations are on remote locations and do not have the luxury of sending a building, for example, off to a lab. So, we are bringing it to them."

Intellicon specializes in the design, manufacturing and installation of microprocessor control, data acquisition and test devices interfaced with electronic and electromechanical devices. The company has developed precision control systems for UV curing and air purification.

For more information, contact Gary Halmbacher at (714) 751-9257; E-mail: ghalmbacher@intelliconelectronics.com; or visit: www.intelliconelectronics.com.