Hungarian innovation takes ozone-based disinfection to next level

MOHAnet’s world-first IoT solution makes the ozone-based disinfection process safer and more efficient 

In response to the rising importance of sanitation, MOHANet, a Hungarian telemetry business established 14 years ago, developed a safe ozone-based disinfection solution. With this innovation, MOHANet opened a new chapter in the history of zone-based disinfection.

Ozone-based disinfection is a long-standing technology, but it was not widely used in the past due to its immaturity and low level of effectiveness. With the focus on environmental aspects increasing, however, it has become more popular, as ozone-based processes don’t generate any by-products hazardous for human health. Once the process is completed, ozone transforms into pure oxygen without any residuals. Ozone is a toxic gas suitable for effective indoor disinfection, if appropriately used. How to disinfect indoor spaces safely, minimizing the risk of human error? This was the goal MOHAnet and Ozone White wanted to reach launching a project to enhance their existing ozone-based disinfection processes.

“We were approached by Ozone White last April. We wanted to create an automated, simple- and safe-to-use system. It was a challenge that nobody has ever experimented with such a technology before and we faced many obstacles in the course of development. First, we had to understand the logic of ozone sensors and combine it with our existing knowhow and experience. It was a critical step to identify the telemetry components that can withstand ozone-induced oxidation in the long run. Eventually, it took 5 months to develop a remotely managed and controlled system that can eliminate the risk of human error and is intuitive enough to be used easily by anyone”, said Zoltán Havasi, CEO of MOHAnet.

During the 5-month project, the company developed a mobile app-managed ozone sensor and renewed the entire system. The ozone generator communicates with the sensors through a cloud-based system using Telenor mobile internet access providing real-time data about the status of disinfection. The spreading of ozone in the area and its subsequent transformation into oxygen are tracked using the mobile app. The measurements conducted by so-called gas masters before are now managed by a built-in sensor that can make a real-time assessment of the ozone volume required for disinfecting a given area and identify the safe level of ozone concentration. Users can follow the process in the mobile app remotely, from the next room or from a distance of up to a hundred kilometres. The data obtained from IoT-driven ozone-based disinfection process are logged by the system and are automatically sent to international public records.

“We’ve seen a rising customer interest in IoT solutions in recent years. The innovation of our partner, MOHAnet is a case in point to illustrate how creativity, knowhow and the flexibility of mobile internet can transform offline services and open up new markets. Our role is to provide stable and reliable mobile internet access and make it available to companies of all sizes”, added Gábor Fülöp, Business Sales and Marketing Director of Telenor.

The smart ozone generator is currently in the validation phase. Once sufficient operating experience is accumulated, this system will offer highly effective ozone-based disinfection to any private and institutional user without expert involvement.