NEC Corp. will start providing a coating service from the end of February for commercial operators to use on personal computers as an anti-coronavirus measure.
The new service will reduce the need for users to sanitize their computers, as the glass coating will remain effective for about five years, according to the major Japanese tech company.
On the surface of the PCs, a liquid mixed with an agent that inactivates the virus will be applied to form a solid glass membrane when it reacts with humidity in the air.
The technology was developed by Tokyo-based glass coating maker HardoLass Holdings Co., according to NEC.
In an evaluation test conducted by a third-party organization, the viral amount was reduced by more than 99.9% one day after applying the liquid to the devices, the company said.
NEC will have the agent’s effectiveness tested against the highly transmissible omicron variant, which has driven recent outbreaks of COVID-19 infections in Japan and overseas.
The company will offer the service for its desktop and laptop computers and related devices such as mice and keyboards.
NEC will provide the service in its kitting centers, as well as by making visits to its customers, the cost of the service depending on the number of PCs it will address.
Coating service is priced at ¥440,000 ($3,870) for a set of 100 PCs manufactured by NEC.
The company will also charge ¥213,400 for 20 sets. A bundle includes a desktop or laptop computer, plus additional peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard.
The company will also provide the service for other manufacturers’ electronics, but the company will charge less if a customer buys the coating service at the same time they buy NEC computers, he said.
In the future, NEC said it would also consider making the service available to individual customers.
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