Allabout Innovations is a company under the Start-up mission of the Kerala Government. It is a group of innovative minds who, over the last decade, have a background of being active in social services and finding innovative solutions for the betterment of our society and surroundings. As a team, they were active in providing resources for victims of the Chennai floods, Kerala floods, and Covid crisis during the time and after the unfortunate events had occurred.
In 2020, at the peak of the outbreak of the CoronaVirus Pandemic, when the world was struggling to curb the spread of coronavirus, these youngsters came together yet again to innovate a solution for the pandemic, and today, they have proudly come up with a great solution to help in reducing the spread of disease drastically.
Over the last 10 months, they worked tirelessly and have developed the innovation into a product – The Wolf Airmask. To know more about the company and its product, we have an email interaction with Mr. Boniface Gasper – Chief Scientific Officer & Director- Allabout Innovations, here is a glimpse of it.
1. Tell us about your product and the company.
Wolf Airmask is a Non-Regulatory Medical Device, it is the only device in the world that can produce 100% negative ions efficiently to an area of 1000 sq. ft. and 10,000 cu. ft and produces no positive ions or ozone that is harmful in nature.
This is also the only device tested against Sars Cov2 Virus. It was tested at RGCB (Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology) which is ICMR’s top-rated technology center under the Central Government.
Their conclusion is that our device reduces the Covid Viral load to 99.9% in the air and surfaces. The Wolf Airmask device has been tested against other viruses and Bacteriophage MS2 as well. It shows the same efficiency. Tests were conducted at SGS and Dubai Municipality as well.
We have received all approvals and certifications (CE) necessary. To secure an area of 1000 sq. ft and 10,000 cu ft, the cost is just INR 29,500. This plug-and-play device (40 W Consumption), requires no maintenance for 70,000 hours (Approx. 8 Years).
2. When did you start your venture (name) and what was the idea behind that?
Allabout Innovations is a company under the Start-up mission of the Kerala Government. Allabout Innovation is a group of innovative minds who, over the last decade, have a background of being active in social services and finding innovative solutions for the betterment of our society and surroundings. As a team, they were active in providing resources for victims of the Chennai floods, Kerala floods, and Covid crisis during the time and after the unfortunate events had occurred.
In 2020, at the peak of the outbreak of the Corona Virus Pandemic, when the world was struggling to curb the spread of coronavirus, these youngsters came together yet again to innovate a solution for the pandemic, and today, they have proudly come up with a great solution to help in reducing the spread of disease drastically.
Over the last 10 months, they worked tirelessly and have developed the innovation into a product – The Wolf Airmask. The idea behind the name of the product Wolf Airmask was as the animal WOLF is known for its peculiar skill in hunting and our device ensures in being an effective air sterilizer, attenuating all the harmful microbes in the nook and corner of the indoor space in an effective manner.
3. What led to the idea of coming up with a product like Wolf Airmask?
During the first lockdown, we were all connected in keeping our town safe along with the district administration. We were able to keep the cases down to a 0 at one time, thanks to the scientific inputs we gathered from around the world. Some of our team members were involved in the tracing project, (enabling mobile testing units using negative pressure) which was later taken all over the state and the country.
We also designed low-cost face shields and other solutions to fight the pandemic. During this stint, there was a need to protect the ambulance workers and transportation people as there was the most vulnerable group.
Our first product was a technology we studied from Germany and we made the first 20mg ozone generation machines which were using corona discharge for production. Later, our scientists were able to come out with a better solution by enabling the air to sanitize itself by thrusting the air with negatively charged ions. Even though the technology was used in the world for a long time to treat other kinds of illness like asthma and depression, no one thought of enhancing the ions production to sanitize the air.
We were able to generate the trillion ions mark by our patent-pending design and attain the desired results. The results are now validated by many government agencies around the world including Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Dubai central laboratories, etc.
4. What are the technological integrations you have displayed through your product?
WOLF AIR MASK is based on Plasma Air Sterilization Technology, providing coverage up to 1000 sq. ft area with 10,000 cubic feet volume. The Wolf Airmask can discharge up to 100 trillion negative ions per cm3/second which bind with the surface protein/spike protein of coronavirus or any other harmful virus and microbes present in the air and neutralize it.
5. What are the operations involved in delivering your products/services?
The non-regulatory medical device is designed for easiness and comfort as it is plug & play and requires no maintenance for 70,000 hours (approx. eight years).
6. How your product/services are good for society?
It is the only device in the world that can produce 100 percent negative ions efficiently to an area of 1000 sq ft and 10,000 cu ft. It also helps in reducing the difficulty in Asthmatic Patients, reducing stress, boost immune system function, increase the metabolism of carbs and fats. It also helps regulate sleep patterns and mood. Negative ions have also been touted to help with depression and anxiety. A 2013 meta-analysis of 33 studies conducted in this area found that there is a correlation between exposure to negative ions and reduced levels of depression, although it had no effect on sleep or anxiety.
7. Whom do you see as your potential competitors and what is your differentiating factor?
SHYCOCAN seems to be having a similar product and that is acclaimed to be on the functioning of a different technology as per their website.
Our Product Differentiator is as follows:
- Our device, WOLF AIR MASK is a 100% negative ion generator without any consumable or any other filter-based purification system.
- Our device is proven to be not emitting any harmful emissions or ozone gas.
- It weighs only 2.5 Kg and could be installed in a wall-mount manner.
- Unlike other fumigation systems and as it does not involve any chemicals, WOLF AIR MASK ensures that the useful microbes are not destroyed in the room.
8. What is your targeted customer segment?
The device can be easily installed in Hospitals, Clinics, corporate offices, commercial spaces, residential places, hotels & restaurants, and spas & saloons among many others. One device of the Wolf Airmask has also been placed in a high-risk chamber in the National Institute of Virology, where genome sequencing of various mutant strains of the Covid-19 virus is done.
9. How is your customer experience so far?
Within a month of launching ‘Wolf Airmask’, our company Allabout Innovations has received international orders for 20,000 pieces of this pioneering device. We have received orders from 30 countries for its electronic air sterilization device that sterilizes air in real-time and reduces 99 percent of the coronavirus present indoors within minutes. Orders from abroad have come from European countries such as Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, from the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia in the Gulf, among other GCC countries, countries in North America and Africa, besides Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Nepal.
The domestic demand has come from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and West Bengal, besides Mumbai and Delhi. Some of our client where we have installed our products in India is National Institute of Virology, Alappuzha at the Virus specimen handling room, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion, Trivandrum, Apollo Tyres, Disney Network, IOCL Bottling Plant, Cochin, Calicut, and Kollam to name a few. The device can be easily installed in Hospitals, Clinics, corporate offices, commercial spaces, residential places, hotels & restaurants, and spas & saloons among many others.
10. What kind of challenges you have faced till today? And what you have learned from them?
The stringent measures of lockdown and other protocol measures in other states often pose some challenges and delay in the implementation, and we are deploying special efforts to take care of the matters from Raw Material Procurement to final dispatch of the product. There is no major challenge right now as people are really aware of microorganisms hurting their health and livelihoods. And to fight it in a better way, science and technology is the only way out.
11. What are the future plans for your venture?
Our Research and Development team is also engaged with the upcoming products which are mainly from the domain of Biomedical Devices and also based on electrical engine development. We are looking to launch a telemedicine service Call my Doctor, to allow people to connect with doctors online for consultations. We will launch the service within the next week and will roll it out in phases. We will start with Kerala and scale it up.