The LG Handrail Sterilizer Uses Ultraviolet Light to Kill Germs

 - Jul 17, 2017
References: theverge & engadget
The LG Handrail Sterilizer is a device that attaches to escalator handrails for continuous disinfection.

Created by LG's 'Innotek' electronics branch and 'Clearwin,' this handrail sterilizer uses "ultraviolet germicidal irradiation" to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. UVGI is a technology that is currently used to disinfect air, water, aquariums and laboratories but this is the first time it has been used to sanitize handrails. While the escalator is moving, a UV LED lamp uses its own power supply to destroy harmful germs. According to LG, "The product blocks any sources of infection from spreading by completely destroying the DNA of germs via UV LED light having a wavelength of 278 nanometers."

The LG Handrail Sterilizer has already been approved for use by regulators in South Korea and the European Union so it may not be long until the technology is used in every day life.