Epishine and Optiqo collaborate to improve sustainability, monitoring and quality management of cleaning and facility management services


Epishine (Linköping, Sweden) and Optiqo (Linköping, Sweden) are cooperating to optimise Optiqo's QlvrBox, which currently operates on batteries, enabling the device to be installed independently of the facility’s infrastructure. This feature offers a great benefit when installing the boxes, however the batteries need to be replaced every 1-3 years. The new version of QlvrBox is developed using Epishine's light energy harvesting solution, and is thus powered by ordinary indoor lighting.

“Working with Epishine brings us a step further to making our solutions even more sustainable. To prolong the intervals between battery replacements is very beneficial from an operational standpoint since our customers’ products are often present in large public places, such as airports, with hundreds of devices. To make our product greener and also lower the total cost of ownership is a very promising development,” says Daniel Westling, CEO, Optiqo.

“Our solar cells are optimised to generate sufficient electricity from ambient light, such as LEDs and fluorescent light to power low energy devices. Lower battery maintenance costs strengthen our customers’ business cases, and the reduced usage of disposable batteries benefits our environment,” says Mattias Josephson, VP business development, Epishine.

These devices are currently installed in Testbed Ebbepark, for final testing and evaluation by a cleaning company in a real environment. The new QlvrBox will be available on the market in January 2022.

Optiqo's QlvrBox uses real time visitor traffic data to alert maintenance technicians when facility areas require service or cleaning, which enables companies to proactively manage and validate cleaning and maintenance events to ensure 100% compliance and, in turn, increase customer satisfaction. The QlvrBox also has an indicator showing the most recent service or cleaning event to ensure the facility’s visitors feel secure. Read more

Testbed Ebbepark is a district in Linköping, Sweden, where businesses, organisations and scientists have the opportunity to develop and test their ideas and products in full scale. The focus of the tests carried out within the testbed is to find sustainable solutions, environmental, socially and economically. The scope includes strategies for increased recycling, smart energy solutions, charging stations for electric vehicles and much more.

Caption: Optiqo’s QlvrBox is powered by Epishine’s solar cell that harvests indoor lighting (photo: Epishine/Optiqo)

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