The sytem features a casing that closes after each use and blasts the machine with ultraviolet light
It has been designed to integrate with the top 10 PoS systems and can be customised to fit alternative terminals
A tech company has unveiled a device that kills Covid-19 on chip & pin machines using ultraviolet light.
Banking tech firm Cennox has designed a system with casing to fit around a retailer’s point-of-sale terminals and chip-and-pin devices. It closes after each use and blasts the machine with ultraviolet ‘UV-C’ light, which the company says will neutralise the virus in 30 seconds.
Conceived by Cennox COO Nick Cockett at the start of lockdown, with a working prototype developed in fewer than two months, the device is currently undergoing a final testing phase.
“Many shoppers are going into supermarkets and retail stores under the false impression that a spray of bleach or alcohol solution will keep them safe, but research shows that these solutions can take up to 10 minutes to become effective,” Cockett said.
“When you think of how many customers might use a payment terminal in that time, you begin to see how ineffective these measures truly are,” he added.
The device has been designed to integrate with the top 10 PoS systems and can be customised to fit a host of alternative terminals.
Although retailers have put in place safety measures as non-essential shops begin to reopen, Cockett argued that customers needed reassurance in order to trust the government’s message to “shop with confidence”.
“While UV-C is a tried, tested and proven solution, the application we have created is a unique, patented device at this crucial time for retailers,” he said.
UK-headquartered Cennox, which provides equipment and security services to the banking industry, added the use of UVC light to kill the virus would reduce the environmental impact of vast swathes of antibacterial wipes and other PPE going to landfill.