SOLaware™ Technologies team (from left to right: Ferenc Fazekas, Project Lead; Quinnipiac MBA ’17; Kevin Rivas, UNH Mechanical Engineering ’19; Dimas Catalan, UNH Mechanical Engineering ’19) deliver a SOLaware™ Display to Alexis Steele (pictured far right), Public Health Educator at the Wallingford Health Department.
July 16, 2018
Wallingford, CT – July 16, 2018 – On July 12, SOLaware™ Technologies presented its SOLaware™ Display to Wallingford, CT, as part of its 2018 Summer Pilot Program. The SOLaware™ Display was placed at Wallingford’s Community Pool, and will serve to inform, educate, and protect residents from sun damage.
The SOLaware™ Display is a modular sun safety education system that informs about local UV levels, educates about preventative sun safety steps, and provides protection through on-the-spot access to sunscreen to help lower the risks of sunburns and skin cancer.
Alexis Steele, Public Health Educator at the Wallingford Health Department with Ferenc Fazekas, Project Lead; Quinnipiac MBA ’17.
The display at the Community Pool is sponsored by the Wallingford Health Department. Alexis Steele, Public Health Educator at the Wallingford Health Department, stated: “We are glad to have the SOLaware™ Display at the Wallingford Community Pool for the second year, and we are happy that it will be here for the full summer season. As a health educator, I strongly support sun safety awareness efforts, and it is very beneficial that the SOLaware™ Display also makes sunscreen available to residents – some of whom may not be able to easily afford it on their own.”
Thanks to the innovative leadership of the Wallingford Health Department, the SOLaware™ Display prototype was presented to the public for the first time ever at Wallingford’s Community Pool; and was subsequently tested at the town’s Doolittle Playground during its beta-testing phase in Summer 2017. The support of the Director of Health at the Wallingford Health Department, Eloise Hazelwood, had been instrumental to the innovative solution’s early success. The SOLaware™ Tech team is grateful to provide sun safety education to the community of Wallingford for the second year in a row, and thanks the Wallingford Health Department for its continuous support.
Dimas Catalan, Mechanical Engineering ’19, University of New Haven, from the SOLaware™ Tech team said: “As an engineer, it’s great to have the opportunity to see the SOLaware™ Display and program grow, and to see the engineering differences from the prototype last year to the pilot units, like the one that we installed at Community Pool. It feels like I’m giving back to the community through this work, as the SOLaware™ Displays will help to improve public health by educating and informing residents about local conditions and sun safety.”
Currently, SOLaware™ Displays can also be found informing residents of the local UV levels in Darien, Middletown, and North Haven. The Summer Pilot is still open to local businesses and governments.
About SOLaware™ Technologies:
SOLaware™ Technologies was started at the Quinnipiac University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the mission to “raise awareness about sun exposure via digital technologies™.” Their first product, the SOLaware™ Display, is a modular sun safety education system that informs about local UV level, educates about preventative steps, and provides protection through access to sunscreen. The Displays are leased to local businesses and governments to help lower the risks of sunburns and skin cancer in their communities.
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