INDUSTRIAL IOT

Kontrol Technologies Expands BioCloud Technology into Japan

Kontrol Technologies Corp. | January 15, 2022

Kontrol Technologies Corp. (“Kontrol” or the “Company”), a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology, is expanding its BioCloud technology global footprint with a Japan-based trading company.“BioCloud continues to garner international interest given the growing, ubiquitous need for creating safer spaces and monitoring of heating, cooling and ventilation systems (HVAC) in real-time.” 

Paul Ghezzi, CEO of Kontrol Technologies

Kontrol is partnering with a well-established trading company in Japan that has a 60-year history of large-scale deployment of HVAC and air quality systems. Kontrol and the trading company are negotiating a distribution agreement and are currently working together for technology demonstrations in the region. A distribution agreement is anticipated to be completed in February 2022. The trading company will not be named for industry competitive purposes.

Additional Testing Update

Following the press release dated January 5th, 2022, Kontrol has provided an update on additional performance testing of the BioCloud technology at a level two lab. The additional testing was performed in conjunction with new interface features which were designed to be utilized and shared by researchers and applicable customers to validate the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the level of detection response to better determine the safety of an area, and effectiveness of current site safety protocols. A copy of the updated research is available at https://kontrolbiocloud.com/summarytesting0113

The Company is not making any express or implied claims that its product has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the COVID-19 (or SARS-2 Coronavirus).

About Kontrol BioCloudTM
Kontrol BioCloud is an operating subsidiary of Canadian public company Kontrol Technologies. The BioCloud technology is a real-time analyzer designed to detect airborne viruses and pathogens. BioCloud is an air quality technology and not a medical device. BioCloud has been designed to operate as a safe space technology by sampling the air quality continuously. With a proprietary detection chamber that can be replaced as needed, viruses are detected, and a silent notification system is created. 

Kontrol Technologies Corp.
Kontrol Technologies Corp. is a leader in smart buildings and cities through IoT, Cloud and SaaS technology. Kontrol provides a combination of software, hardware, and service solutions to its customers to improve energy management, air quality and continuous emission monitoring.

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