Trio create bacteria-eliminating system with ozone tech
PETALING JAYA: Two siblings and a friend have created a bacteria-elimination system using ozone technology, which they bagged an award for at the Malaysia Technology Expo in Kuala Lumpur last month, after being inspired by frustrations in dealing with soiled air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles is what inspired. Bumiputra eEntrepreneurs Azmi Abdul Rahim and his brother Ahmad Zaki Abdul Rahim teamed up with automotive innovator Darren Aster Gunasekera to invent the OTREE air-conditioning bacteria-elimination system using ozone technology. Gunasekera, who founded automotive innovation technology company DAG (after his initials) Electrophonic Sdn Bhd in 1998, said OTREE was a pun for O3, the molecular structure of ozone. “It is the first technology of its kind in the world to disinfect, sanitise and deodorise a vehicle’s air-conditioning system, its cabin and trunk in just with a single application of 10 minutes,” he said. The trio emerged champions, beating more than 500 entries from across the worldworldwide to win the Best of the Best Award at the expo. Malaysia Technology Expo and they went a step further to seek aThey had sought a patent for their product after obtaining a trademark for it last month. Gunasekera said that vehiclevehicle air-conditioning systems were prone to bacteria and mould growth. “Stale air is circulated in air-conditioning vents, which gather dust and bacteria that are hazardous tothat are hazardous to healthinto the system. “Air-conditioning systems need to be cleaned regularly to remove such harmful bacteria and mould. Drivers can get sick from poorly maintained air-conditioning systems,” said Gunasekara, who had also bagged numerous international awards in the automotive industry. Gunasekera said they toyed with the idea of using ozone technology as it was effective in disinfecting ventilation systems and killing bacteria. “Ozone also removes bad odour. With just RM35 for the OTREE treatment, your vehicle will end up smelling like a new car, hence, our tag line, ‘Keep your Car Smelling like New’.” He said Azmi and Zaki approached him as he had invented a machine to clean a vehicle’s interior. “We analysed and tested the OTREE system with international independent laboratory quality assurance company SGS, which confirmed that more than 99 per cent of harmful microbes were killed by our product, which uses the ozone technology, in a single treatment. “This technology is effective in reducing airborne allergens and contaminants, such as cigarette smoke and other foul-smelling substances,” said Azmi, who has 18 years of experience in the automotive industry and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Zaki said that once they had secured the pending patent, and other formalitiesthey would commercialise their product under Mesra Ekuiti Sdn Bhd, a vendor for Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd. “Our recent achievement has motivated us to improve our product and market it successfully for the benefit of all motorists,” said Zaki, who has 15 years of experience in the automotive industry and a Bachelor of Science degree from Touro University in the United States.