Singapore's "breaker" efforts officially ended on June 2 and we are slowly preparing for phase 2, which is expected to begin before the end of this month.
In phase 2, retail stores and consumer services are allowed to operate – which also means that the shopping centers in Singapore will definitely be reopened.
Despite the lifting of the retail ban, not all Singaporeans will flock to the mall immediately because of the ongoing fear of the pandemic.
A survey by the retailer for predictive analytics, First Insight, found that more than half (65 percent for women and 54 percent for men) said they would not feel safe when wearing clothes because of Covid-19 Try on changing rooms.
A similar percentage for both genders indicated that they will not feel comfortable when working with retail salespeople.
This is a problem as retail in Singapore is already badly affected and sales in April dropped 40.5 percent amid the "breaker".
For this reason, real estate developers CapitaLand and Frasers Property have used the technology to prepare for the safe reopening of their shopping centers. Here are some of their technical deployments:
1. UV disinfection robot
Photo credit: Frasers Property
In April 2020, Frasers Property Retail announced a collaboration with the PBA Group to become the first mall operator in Singapore to launch the autonomous mobile UV disinfection robots manufactured in Singapore.
Each of them is called Sunburst UV Bot and is equipped with a camera, built-in sensors, software and an ultraviolet-C light module that emits strong UV-C rays to eradicate viruses.
The first UV bot was launched in Northpoint City. By the end of this month, 10 more UV bots are to be introduced in the other shopping centers.
CapitaLand has also jumped on the bandwagon of the UV disinfection robot. They are used after the opening times of the shopping center to carry out the daily disinfection of floors with a high volume of customers and to supplement the disinfection routines carried out by the cleaning staff.
In June, the robots will be presented on the basement levels and on the first level of Tampines Mall and Bukit Panjang Plaza, two high traffic shopping centers identified by the authorities, and will be gradually introduced to other CapitaLand shopping centers.
2. Disinfect floor mats
CapitaLand is a premiere for shopping centers in Singapore and has introduced disinfectant floor mats in its shopping centers.
A disinfectant solution is poured over the floor mats so that the soles of the buyers' feet can be cleaned when they step on the floor mats. After that, buyers can dry their soles by stepping on a running mat.
These floor mats are placed at important entrances and exchanged and cleaned twice a day.
3rd Antimicrobial coating for areas with high contact
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High contact areas in all CapitaLand and Frasers Property shopping centers, including elevators and elevator buttons, door access buttons, handrails, touch screens, toilet cubicles and sinks, family rooms and customer service counters, are gradually being coated with an antimicrobial disinfectant.
With a technology researched and developed in Singapore, treated surfaces can protect against bacteria and viruses for up to six months compared to general cleaning and disinfection, which is only effective at the time of use.
In addition to the antimicrobial coating, CapitaLand will continue to clean and disinfect all points of contact with high contact every two to three hours with increased frequency.
Frasers Property also increases the frequency of cleaning in its shopping centers to protect against bacteria and viruses.
4th Disinfection of lifting platforms with PhotoPlasma technology
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In addition to wiping and cleaning elevators, toilets and public areas, Frasers Property will also apply disinfectant coatings with PhotoPlasma technology to elevator cars, elevator buttons, toilets and other high-contact areas to increase safety.
As of June, all elevator cars in the CapitaLand shopping centers will be equipped with the PhotoPlasma air disinfection system.
This technology puts the atmospheric air in a plasma state and eliminates microorganisms in the air and on the surface such as viruses and bacteria.
The PhotoPlasma air disinfection system in elevator cabins is supplemented by an antimicrobial coating and general cleaning procedures for disinfecting elevator surfaces.
5. Automatic disinfection of the escalator handrail, Contactless lift activation
The Atrium @ Orchard will be the first mall in Singapore to test the automatic disinfection of the escalator handrail and the contactless system to activate the elevator.
With an ultra-UV device installed in the escalator system, handrails are efficiently disinfected when using the escalator. These devices are installed in two high-traffic escalators to ensure that tenants and buyers are not exposed to UV light.
Two lifts in the Atrium @ Orchard will also be equipped with a QR code registration device, with which tenants and buyers can scan a QR code and activate the lifts without contact with the elevator buttons.
The usual security measures remain in place
In accordance with the applicable regulations, existing security measures such as temperature testing with thermal scanners and checking in and out with SafeEntry to support contact tracking will continue to apply to all visitors to the shopping center.
To reduce physical contact points, Frasers Property has deactivated the push buttons for sliding doors, and the opening or closing of doors is automatically detected by motion sensors.
Other hand disinfectants are also used near surfaces with high contact in shopping centers, e.g. B. on pillars near escalator landings, entrances and atriums. To enable safe distance, shopping centers have also put up signs and queue markers.
While buyers are required to wear masks, face shields are given as an additional protective layer to tenants, frontline employees, and sellers to ensure their safety.
As part of the Temasek Foundation's Stay Prepared initiative, frontliners who work in CapitaLand shopping centers each receive two free face shields. From the first week of June 2020, CapitaLand will distribute over 47,000 face shields to the recipients in its shopping centers.
In the meantime, Frasers Property Retail has pledged $ 50,000 to purchase its first batch of Singapore-made masks from Razer's mask manufacturing line. The masks are distributed to over 1,300 tenants in 14 shopping centers and to all Frasers Property Retail employees.
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