Smart Glass Technologies asks if Smart Glass is the next innovation for healthcare technology
Technology has become a lucrative part of the healthcare industry as providers increasingly realize the role it can play in helping them deliver better care. For the architects and developers involved in creating these new high-tech care spaces, that means keeping an eye out for various technologies that can improve patient comfort, save healthcare facilities time and money, and enable providers to focus on taking care of what matters most. To that end, Smart Glass Technologies recently asked if smart glass is the next innovation for healthcare technology.
One tool that can help improve security and privacy measures as well as speed up day-to-day operations is switchable smart glass. It contains a glaze called polymer dispersed liquid crystal, or PLDC, which relies on electrical currents to influence how light is positioned. Using a switch or remote control, the user can control whether the glass is translucent or non-transparent, to add a layer of privacy to a room as needed.
William Turcan, CEO of Smart Glass Technologies, a Miami-based smart glass maker, said that unlike regular glass, switchable smart glass helps control visibility while reducing maintenance costs. Healthcare providers can use his company’s PriWatt smart glass to increase privacy, comfort and convenience before and during an exam or procedure.
“The patient can enter a separate area to change clothes and just click a button to change the transparency setting of a window and to indicate to the doctor that he is ready for the examination,” said Turcan. . “Additionally, since MRI machines can be noisy and cause a lot of vibration, the switchable smart glass features a material that helps eliminate excess noise and reduce vibration.”
Turcan said PriWatt smart glass provides “privacy on demand” by laminating PLDC crystals amid two panels of low-iron tempered glass. The glass is then connected to low voltage electricity, and the provider or patient can manipulate the settings within seconds of pressing or turning off via remote control or wall switch.
He added that by eliminating the need for blinds and curtains, smart glass can be a more hygienic option, which should be a top priority for healthcare facilities.
“Curtains and blinds are difficult to maintain because you have to take them down and wash them, and after a while they would have to be replaced, which adds extra work and costs for building owners,” Turcan said. . “Since the PLDC crystals are protected by the glass, the smart glass can be turned off and cleaned only with alcohol. This way it is still extremely hygienic.
Property developers can install smart glass just as they would regular glass, Turcan said, with the only difference being that the electrician must be present.
“The electrician should make sure the glazier doesn’t damage the wires when installing the glass in the U-channels, which is the system where the glass enters,” Turcan said. “The electrician would then connect the window to the transformer. Because glass runs on low voltage electricity, just 48 volts, if there is a case where someone needs to remove a wire from the glass, it should be a safe process.
Before the developers get to work, they should discuss the locations where the wires should be placed with the healthcare facility, Turcan said. For this, Smart Glass Technologies may be available to provide instructions and support to developers should they require further assistance during the installation process. Once installed, the glass should have a lifespan of approximately 15 years.
Turcan said Smart Glass Technologies’ focus on privacy is what makes their switchable smart glass a game changer for the healthcare industry.
“Smart glass is something that will increase the value of real estate because it’s something new,” Turcan said. “We want to be experts in using smart glass for privacy.”
This article was produced in collaboration between Smart Glass Technologies and Studio B.
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Smart Glass Technologies was founded in 2018 in Miami, Florida, and with capabilities spanning the United States and Canada, Smart Glass Technologies is an exclusive reseller for Smart Glass Group, the fastest growing manufacturer of Smart Film and switchable Smart Glass in the North. American market.