The coronavirus pandemic might be opening up a new wellness product category niche for integrators: smart home-controllable clothing and shoe disinfectant cabinets. In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, China-based appliance manufacturer Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd. (SHH: 600690) has unveiled its Haier Internet of Clothing Global Antibacterial and Epidemic Prevention Guarantee Platform.
The platform is designed to connect companies and households not just with Haier devices, but also with other manufacturers to help the world fight coronavirus.
The platform has both a residential and a commercial array of bacterial-fighting devices. The residential ecosystem consolidates several epidemic prevention products to increase health and safety at home, including:
- Smart shoe cabinets and antibacterial sanitizers, wipes and sprays help household members return home safely
- Smart appliances such as the Haier washing machine and clothes care cabinet that provide laundry sterilization and protect the entire family.
- Air purifiers and UV disinfection lamps to circulate healthy, clean air.
- Dishwashing appliances that utilize innovative high-temperature steam and 360° spray technologies to dissolve stains quickly, keeping kitchens sanitary.
The commercial ecosystem includes health safety monitoring tools, such as temperature measurement gates, thermometers and thermal cameras, to help commercial enterprises implement appropriate measures to keep tabs on staff health, ensuring the safety of both lives and production. Those devices are in addition to epidemic prevention supplies, including protective masks, gloves, disinfectant, clothing and goggles.
Launched in early March, the platform covers three major sectors: the production of raw materials; enterprise-level health, safety and monitoring in stores and factories; and household health and epidemic prevention.
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Since going live, the platform has already seen success across borders, notably between China and Europe. Following the launch, Haier IoC’s platform received a request from UNITERS, a global leather care company headquartered in Italy seeking facemasks to protect employees against coronavirus. One day after registration, Haier IoC connected UNITERS with a supplier within China, and the first batch of materials is expected to arrive in Italy next week.
“Once UNITERS learned about the Global Antibacterial and Epidemic Prevention Guarantee Platform, they instantly registered their needs,” says Ziwei Wen, the person who is in charge of the platform. “Leveraging our vast network of cross-industry resources, we can rapidly connect them with domestic manufacturers willing to donate facemasks, ensuring the ongoing protection of customers and employees around the world.”
Led by the Haier IoC, the platform includes a network spanning the clothing, dyeing, and IoT industries, and is in full compliance with international donation laws. Currently, Haier IoC joins hands with the Chinese Fashion Association, the China Business Federation Dyeing and Dyeing Professional Committee, and international organizations such as the Association for the Development of French-Chinese Exchange to integrating global leading sources from clothing, cleaning.