JUNE 2020

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Impact of Indoor Air Quality: Now and in the post-Covid world

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WebSummit Overview

The number of globally infected persons from COVID-19 are sharp racing towards the 5 million mark. Amongst the medical community and experts at large, the propagation mechanisms of COVID 19, appears to have reached some sort of consensus. Continuous social mixing of humans and continuous aggregation of humans, whether indoors or outdoors, appears to be a recipe for fast propagation.

This has been repeatedly demonstrated in cruise ships, during religious congregations, staycations whether in the outdoors or hotels, and other closed systems such as the lavatory and bathrooms. Separation of humans, short contactless engagements, and fresh circulation of air, appear to help reduce the pandemic propagation.

Many global models have pointed to the rapid propagation of COVID-19, across the cold temperate zones of the world. Inversely, these models show a lower propagation across the warmer belts of the world, in comparison to a higher propagation across the colder belts. However, there is as yet no empirical and definitive research about the correlation of global temperature zones and the spread of COVID-19.

According to WHO in March 2020, available evidence indicates that COVID-19 virus is transmitted during close contact through respiratory droplets such as coughing and by fomites. The virus can spread directly from person to person when a COVID-19 case coughs or exhales producing droplets that reach the nose, mouth or eyes of another person.

Alternatively, as the droplets are too heavy to be airborne, they land on objects and surfaces surrounding the person. Other people become infected with COVID-19 by touching these contaminated objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

So, while, outdoor air is beyond the control of citizens at large, there is a school of research and thought that advocates the management of indoor air conditions, inhibiting the propagation of COVID-19, indoors. Indoor air conditions are determined by the intrinsic purity of air, temperature and relative humidity. Linked to indoor air conditions, is also the condition of indoor surfaces.

WebSummit Focus

  • COVID-19 propagation mechanism: what we know till now
  • Characteristic of indoor air quality: parametres, management
  • Boosting human immune systems: managing indoor air systems
  • Importance of air quality in home and work conditions: role model
  • Automation, technology, control of indoor air conditions: solutions and products
  • Automation, technology, control of building management systems: solutions and products

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Who should Attend?

  • Designers and planners of human and urban habitats
  • Urban solution providers
  • Executives from inspection and audit institutions
  • Human resource and training consultants and specialists
  • Key executives of socially responsible organisations
  • Top executives of forward-looking organizations


Welcome Note

by Ronak Samantaray, CEO GEC Media Group & Arun Shankar, Editor, GEC Media Group

02:00 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Global pandemic, big data, back to work, future scenarios

by Jeffery Smith, WHO Consultant

02:10 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

New corporate buzzword, Indoor Air Quality management

by Girish Bapat Uni-Lever BlueAir AB

02:25 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Managing Indoor Air Quality control through industrial systems

by Mansoor Ali, Founder of Amfah India

02:40 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Does Indoor Air Quality control in residences need to be upgraded

by Anders Hedstrom IAQ Expert, IAQ Sweden AB

02:55 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Healthier Buildings and New Normal Building Operations - HVAC & Air Management

by Pradeep Viswanathan, Global System Architect, MEA and India, Digital Energy Division, Schneider Electric

03:10 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Step by step approach to improving Indoor Air Quality, Role of consultants, equipment, audits

by Barun Aggarwal, CEO of BreatheEasy

03:25 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

Indoor Air Quality and back to work, Are we ready?

by Paul Slater Vice President, Operations and Health, Safety And Environment | Pradeep Viswanathan, Global System Architect, MEA and India, Digital Energy Division, Schneider Electric | Jeffery Smith, WHO Consultant | Mansoor Ali, Founder of Amfah India

03:40 -04:15 PM | (Gulf Standard Time)

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