VIKAND LAUNCHES ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TARGETING CRUISE INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
Leader in Global Maritime Medical Operations and Healthcare Solutions Introduces New Technologies to Help Solve Common Issues Affecting Guest Experience
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – (September 12, 2019) – New technologies introduced by VIKAND, the leader in global maritime medical operations and healthcare solutions, aim to revolutionize the maritime and cruise industry. Amid this year’s SeaTrade Europe, VIKAND today announced strategic partnerships with technology solutions that target key issues onboard vessels affecting the overall guest experience and business model for stakeholders. Since 2010, VIKAND has proven its expertise in providing solutions to optimize onboard guest experience, tackling challenges typically facing the cruise industry - such as bed bug infestations, foodborne illness outbreaks, and air decontamination using cutting-edge technology:
Proactive Bed Bug Prevention
Avoiding bed bugs is challenging on cruise ships and in remote locations where there are many guests and high turnover. Periodic, preventative inspections by innovative technology solutions is the best way to detect infestations in their initial stages when they are easiest to control. Visual inspections can be supplemented by using various monitoring devices to capture and reveal bed bugs that may have been overlooked by occupants. VIKAND has partnered with state-of-the-art Swedish technologies Nattaro Safe and Nattaro Scout to combat the growing issue of bed bugs around the world. Each product is scientifically designed to either prevent, eliminate or detect bed bugs. As the exclusive maritime distributor of these products, VIKAND brings this solution to assist the cruise line industry, providing a clean environment for passengers and crew thus reducing correlating healthcare issues and consequential challenges.
Protecting Against Foodborne Illness
In the closed environment of a cruise ship, viruses like foodborne illness are more easily transmitted person-to-person. VIKAND has the medical experience to detect the best solutions to manage potential outbreaks. By introducing PathSpot to the maritime industry, the company is working with cruise lines to stop foodborne illnesses at the source – food handler’s handwashing behaviors. PathSpot is an innovative hands-free technology used to detect bacteria after hand washing to enforce the most hygienic practices and to reduce cross contamination. With success already in the US food-service industry, VIKAND hopes to introduce the same success to the cruise industry.
FDA Approved, 100% Natural Air-Purification and Air-Decontamination
VIKAND’s Hygensea solution is a revolutionary FDA-approved air purification technology designed to remove airborne pathogens and toxins which could be harmful to guests and employees onboard cruise ships. The technology also helps clean air in public spaces while eliminating unpleasant odors that could linger in the environment. This technology has been very effective in improving air quality and reducing tobacco smoke in onboard casinos resulting in significant reduction in smoke related complaints and increased revenues.
“With the cruise industry gaining visibility and popularity, we have a unique opportunity to introduce new technologies that can greatly impact and enhance the guest experience,” said Peter Hult, CEO of VIKAND. “Our team of specialized medical professionals know which products and services best suit cruise consumers and cruise lines - facilitating access to quality and cost-effective solutions.”
As the medical management provider to the cruise industry, VIKAND offers a range of healthcare service options, including proprietary healthcare solutions, a comprehensive biomedical and X-Ray program, case and claims management, medical escorting and a customized wellness program that includes crew maintenance and loss prevention. VIKAND is well informed of the challenges that face the maritime industry at large and works tirelessly to develop and source the best technological solutions to raise efficiency and ensure the wellbeing of passengers.
For more information on VIKAND, visit VIKAND.com or call 754-715-4961.
VIKAND is a leading global maritime healthcare solutions provider offering 24/7 medical management, consulting and auxiliary services including biomedical equipment maintenance, air decontamination, and purification solutions to the maritime industry. VIKAND’s services are installed in 170+ cruise vessels, impacting 14M passengers and 120K crew annually as well as numerous other maritime and remote industries worldwide. Committed to providing a remarkable onboard experience, the VIKAND team continuously sources the latest technology, advanced environmental solutions, and crew wellness initiatives while creating efficiencies for its clients.
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