Project title:

"Integration of secure technologies for protection against Covid-19 in healthcare and high risk areas"

Project contract number:


Research manager:

Tālis Juhna (Riga Technical University)

Project partners:

Rezekne Academy of Technology;

University of Latvija (Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy - Dr. Atis Skudra);

Institute of Electronics and Computer Science;

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis;

Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia;

Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center;

Riga Stradinš University;

Latvian State Institute of Wood Coke Chemistry.

Project implementation deadline:

01.07.2020. - 31.12.2020.

Total project funding:

497 580,00 EUR

About the project:

To limit the spread of Covid-19 infection and other diseases in healthcare and high-risk areas by developing safe, innovative technologies and products for the collective and individual protection of citizens and professionals.

Project description:

Leading Latvian scientists and engineers from nine leading Latvian universities and research institutes will develop advanced solutions to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in healthcare and other high-risk areas, such as public transport. The project addresses all Cabinet Regulation no. 560 Mitigation of Covid-19 6.7. task topics. The overall goal of the project is to improve the sustainability and quality of services in healthcare areas during COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by improving and developing reliable technologies and concepts. The results of the project will facilitate the well-being of health care professionals, public services and society as a whole by reducing workload, health risks, work-related stress and service delivery time. The scientific results of the project will be published in scientific articles in international scientific journals and, where possible, presented at scientific conferences and national seminars, in particular to inform the target audience. Prototypes of the developed technologies will be demonstrated in at least one of the Latvian hospitals. The implementation of the project also involves the involvement of students and young researchers in research, as they will be represented in the staff involved of almost all project partners.

Project results at the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy of the University of Latvia:

Several spectroscopic measurements have been performed on the exposure of bacteria and viruses to ultraviolet radiation from lamps containing arsenic, selenium, thallium and mercury.

Concluding that thallium electrode-free lamps have shown efficiency in bacterial disinfection.