JULY 27th, 2020 | Miami, Florida

NEXT launches IQSafe – isolating guests and crew diagnosed with viral infections including COVID-19

NEXT’s science-driven UV-C solutions mitigate and reduce the spread of viral pathogens including COVID-19.

The company's IQSafe suite of turn-key solutions and products were developed for the express purpose of safely isolating guests, staff, and crew who have been identified with any bacterial or viral infection including COVID-19. Utilizing designated cabins, IQSafe’s suite of products will keep the air pure and free of pathogens while decontaminating surfaces administering the highest levels of safety.

The EU Healthy Gateway mandated that ships must be able to individually isolate 5% of passengers and 5% of crew on board when it will not be possible to disembark those who need to be quarantined or isolated within 24 hours from detection of the first possible COVID-19 case. Sample cost for IQSafe’s suite of products is under $20,000 for four cabins.

About NEXT:

NEXT delivers an added layer of safety for the detection, containment, and decontamination of viral pathogens. NEXT’s products and solutions are available for deployment globally from its manufacturing partners in the United States and EU.

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JULY 1st, 2020 | Miami, Florida

NEXT empowers cruise lines and port facilities to manage risk with UV-C tech, products, and science driven solutions.

New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness of UV-C Disinfection to Combat Harmful Pathogens.


NEXT LLC delivers science-based technology integrating a suite of UV-C science-driven solutions and products. The company (here) empowers cruise lines and terminals to mitigate contagion in the air and on surfaces from the boarding process onward. Aggressive strategies applying recommendations and protocols confirmed by the CDC and in compliance with global and regional authorities could accelerate and ensure a safe resumption to operations.


A recent Columbia University study (Scientific Reports published on June 24, 2020) says:  “Based on our results, continuous airborne disinfection with far-UVC light at the current regulatory limit could greatly reduce the level of airborne virus in indoor environments occupied by people,”


In unison with its manufacturing partners, NEXT’s UV-C appliances are designed for the strategic deployment inside every area of the ship’s interior. Products range from high-powered appliances for large spaces such as casinos, theaters, dining venues and spa / fitness centers employed during new sanitizing protocols to UV-C air purification units for corridors, back offices, crew areas, staterooms, medical centers, elevators, medical centers, and restrooms. NEXT offers scientific, technical, and advisory teams for installations around the globe.


According to NEXT CEO Martin Salzedo, who has launched and operated several cruise lines, the projected cost to deploy a full arsenal of products and solutions on a large ship (one year payoff) is less than $2 per passenger, per day, based on 50 weeks of operation and 180,000 total passengers.


NEXT CMO Joshua Schwartz states, “What makes us different are our people. We are a dedicated group of uniquely qualified professionals in the cruise, science, and manufacturing sectors combining the best available resources for cruise lines to overcome its barriers to re-entry. Viral spread cannot be eliminated. The difference will be treating as few cases as possible as opposed to having to homeport with hundreds of quarantined guests and crew.”


Some of the NEXT product suite includes:


  • For ports and terminals, mass temperature detection screening scans those entering. Scanners can be dispersed onboard and at destination ports to continuously monitor temperatures. UV-C baggage decontamination and UV-C units for escalator handrails are available.


  • Self-contained  UV-C units pull air away from breathing levels to the floor eradicating particles and decontaminating the air. Variations in size, capacity and cost can be deployed in guest relation areas, guest and staff/crew accommodations, medical centers, back offices, public rest rooms, and elevators.


  • For large spaces, UV-C towers utilize UV-C light to seek out and destroy microorganisms in the air and on hard surfaces. The portable towers can decontaminate from areas of 400 - 8,000 square feet using two, four, or eight bulbs. Large open spaces, when closed for sanitizing or decontamination such as dining, fitness/spa, and entertainment venues are prime targets.


  • Handheld and static UV-C units disinfect hard-to-clean surfaces and inaccessible areas that require frequent wipe-downs. Units target high volume touch points including escalators, buffets, bars, casinos, stairwells, landings, companion ways, restrooms, spas, and fitness centers.


  • HVAC duct inserts incorporate UV-C technology into existing air conditioning and filtration systems and are key in eradicating particles and viruses in the air as it passes through the duct prior to allowing particulates and spores to circulate.


The Miami-based company identifies the efficacy of each product by the dosage required to irradiate bacteria, viruses, molds and other pathogens. The team analyzes the source of contaminants by the flow of people and their activities in various environments then deploys the products and protocols that maximize the combined effects of surface and air UV-C irradiation. Training and support are provided to help manage risk.


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Joshua Schwartz / 305.986.4339