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Vistar — India’s first Smart Air Purifier launched by IITM

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Indian Institute of Technology MadrasIn what could play an important part in refining the air quality in Chennai, Vistar, India’s first indigenous Smart Air Purifier developed by an incubated startup AirOK of Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), is likely to benefit the cities in India.

Powered by an EGAPA (Efficient Granular Adsorbent Particulate Arrester), Vistar has the capacity to filter a variety of pollutants such as particulate matter, fungus, microbes, and gaseous substances.

The purifiers encompass Wi-Fi and touch interface and the functioning of purifier in terms of quantum of pollutants, is verified in real time. AirOK aims to target institutional segments like hospitals, commercial real estate, hospitality and food processing and manufacturing in the first phase.

“Vistar 550 supports the coverage area of 550 square feet. The filter has a life of about one year which is twice the life of any other air purifier in the market,” said Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Faculty in charge, IIT-Madras Research Park, while launching the product.

The air purifier has been set at the price of Rs 20,000, keeping in mind the principle of affordability. The startup has the capacity of manufacturing capacity of 30 units per day and would exceed the production capacity to 1,000 devoid of any major investment.       

SAR Group, makers of water purifiers under Livpure Brand, is impressed by AirOK’s technology, hence, invested about Rs 12 crore in AirOK and would act as a distribution partner of AirOk’s retail air purifier product.      

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