As casinos prepare to reopen, a new startup company comprised of out-of-work designers, engineers, and entertainers has introduced a proven, proactive technology engineered specifically to mitigate the proliferation of virus and bacteria in a casino environment.
The group at Smith Rosen Gaming Partitions accomplished this during quarantine, in the midst of a statewide shutdown. Most gaming regulators in the United States are adhering to the CDC’s recommendation that stringent social distancing measures be implemented when the casinos reopen. Smith Rosen Gaming Partitions has begun manufacturing and distributing scratch-resistant slot machine partitions that not only enforce social distancing, but actually clean themselves, through the application of concentrated UV-C light on the surface of the partition.
SafePlay UV is the first of many patent-pending UV-C solutions Smith Rosen has developed for the specific purpose of keeping casino guests and employees as safe as possible.
Plastic dividers, although well intentioned, inadvertently create a catch basin for every single thing that flies out of people’s mouths. Plus, in addition to completely destroying the aesthetic of the casino, require a small army to maintain. According to the CDC, the virus that causes Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
The CDC suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of Covid-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.
Jeff Smith, CEO of Smith Rosen, reminds his clients that UV-C has been used safely to disinfect surfaces, air, and water, for over 100 years. “Games that call someone to clean them, static plastic barriers, and dormant machines are not actively killing anything,” he said. “Out of plain old fear, we designed something big and pretty, to kill stuff that’s small and ugly. We didn’t invent the wheel, we just figured out which direction to spin it.”
Smith Rosen Gaming Partitions is now hiring dozens of new employees to meet the growing demand for the product.