Irizar is launching two systems designed to help protect passengers and drivers against airborne infection.
Working in conjunction with air-conditioning supplier Hispacold (part of the Irizar Group of companies), Irizar is offering the eco3 air-purifier, which can be fitted to any coach with an air-conditioning system, irrespective of make. The manufacturer is also providing approved sets of transparent isolation screens specifically tailored to fit its i4, i6, i6S and i8 coach models.
The eco3 air purifier produces ions and ozone in the correct proportions to disinfect the air circulating within the coach, according to Irizar. It also provides additional benefits of removing unpleasant odours within the vehicle, and raising oxygen levels which reduce the risks of driver fatigue. It works whenever the vehicle’s saloon heating or cooling system is active.
The eco3 can be easily retro-fitted to any bus or coach with air-conditioning, irrespective of make, and requires no routine maintenance.
Irizar’s approved transparent passenger and driver screens create a semi-enclosed ‘cab’ area around the driver’s seat, and divide each pair of passenger seats from those immediately to the front and back to reduce the risk of infection by airborne droplets.
The screens meet all the necessary regulations pertaining to interior fitments for coaches and buses including fire, impact and driver indirect vision. Their transparent design is non-claustrophobic and does not adversely restrict the view of driver or passengers. A notifiable alteration will be required with the fitment of both driver and passenger screens, although it is expected that this will be possible via a video call to avoid waiting periods. The air flow inside the coach goes from the ceiling down to the gangway and then into the luggage compartment through vents before exiting the coach just behind the front axle. UK operators can source eco3 units and screen sets through Irizar’s Masterpart operation.
Another Irizar Group company, Datik, is currently developing a new solution, COViDManager. This system is designed for transport operators and public authorities to help reduce propagation of COVID-19. Installed at the entrance of a bus or coach, it monitors passengers before they enter and denies entry to those who do not meet the required standards. Expected to be available in July, further updates on this development will be available in the coming weeks.