Sun Safety Display at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford Informs Visitors of Real-Time UV Conditions
The new SOLaware™ Display at Jacob’s Beach in Guilford.
Guilford, CT – As part of its 2018 Summer Pilot Program, SOLaware™ Technologies installed a SOLaware™ Display at Jacob’s Beach on July 31. The display is a modular sun safety education system that measures the local UV radiation level in real-time and displays the average time until viewers can expect to experience skin damage, if preventative actions are not taken immediately. The eye-catching device serves as a constant reminder to Guilford beachgoers to take actions to protect themselves from the sun in order to avoid sunburn and long-term skin damage.
The Jacob’s Beach SOLaware™ Display is supported by the Guilford Health Department. Director of Health, Dennis Johnson, stated: “Being in public health, we learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention – this device is a complete system: it discloses a warning, advises action, and provides a response in the form of protection. The display is unique in this regard, and will nicely complement our department’s wide variety of health promotion activities.”
The Jacob’s Beach SOLaware™ Display is also part of an ongoing, broader effort from the Guilford Parks and Recreation Department to provide sun protection to the community. Rick Maynard, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Seniors, noted that the department has made concerted efforts in the past several years to provide more shaded areas at Jacob’s Beach, including planting more trees. Maynard commented: “As any dermatologist will tell you, it’s not good to sit directly in the sun all day. We’re cognizant of the sun safety issue, and the SOLaware™ Display will further help to fulfill our efforts to protect visitors from the sun.”
Left to right: Maura Connell, Health Department Intern; Dennis Johnson, Director of Health; and Rick Maynard, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Seniors receive the Jacob’s Beach SOLaware™ Display from Ferenc Fazekas, SOLaware™ Tech Project Lead, Quinnipiac MBA ’17.
Jacob’s Beach is host to a day camp of over one hundred children, who are reminded regularly to “screen up” and apply sun protection throughout the day. Maynard noted that the touchless sunscreen dispenser affixed to the SOLaware™ Display will help to protect these campers from the sun.
Currently, SOLaware™ Displays can be found informing residents of the local UV levels in Darien, Middletown, North Haven, and Wallingford; Branford and Milford will be the next communities to receive displays. The Pilot is still open to local business 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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