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INNOVATION AGAINST POLLUTION AND SMOG: IS TECH’S RECIPE
A streamlined, flexible organisation, based on making the most of the highest levels of expertise, seniority and working experience. This is what, in less than two years, has led to the growth of Is Tech, according to its CEO, Giuseppe Spanto. There is also a fourth factor that needs to be added to the reasons for its success and that is the strength that stems from partnerships with other qualified businesses. The company focuses heavily on an Italian-made internationally patented technology known as Apa (Air Pollution Abatement), consisting of a multifunctional intelligent platform which is used for trapping and eliminating fine particulate matter and the pollution stemming from urban smog. We met with Mr Spanto to take an in-depth look at how it works and the different fields to which it can be applied. We also asked him about what the future holds in store for a young company such as his and what strategies will be adopted for venturing onto the foreign markets.
Mr Spanto, would you explain to us better the different applications in which your project can be put to work to make air cleaner?
It is a solution that has many competitive advantages and does not produce any polluting waste products, because it reproduces the rain’s natural cycle within itself. It is a technology for which we have obtained an international patent and which can be used in company settings and in all those areas used by large numbers of people such as train and tube stations, shopping malls and car parks. In general its application is also suitable for a tout court urban setting. In my view many local administrations would do well to equip themselves with this because residents are becoming increasingly better informed and aware of their right to a better quality of life. Paying out for possible damage to health caused by smog would be so much more costly.
Have you already “taken a peep” at the foreign markets? And if so, in what way?
We recently drew up an agreement with Bridges to Italy; a Los Angeles based non-profit making association operating both in Italy and the States. Is Tech has programmed its own international expansion by using a specific operating model which focuses on partnerships and transfer of technology. In this sense the agreement lays the foundations for introducing Apa technology to the land of the Stars and Stripes. Bridges to Italy in fact constitutes a competent and influential partner capable of fostering collaboration with numerous American investors, with US businesses and with government and academic institutions working in the field of innovation and research and that are interested in introducing new, clean technology to the USA. We intend to continue in the same way, identifying local partners who can introduce us and put us in touch with important and established names in the area as well as in other markets such as the Far East of China. I would also like to add that this technology has no limitations in terms of its use. For example, it is highly suited for those countries with a colder climate, such as Russia, where it is often the case that people live in closed spaces.
What other projects does Is Tech have in mind for the future?
At the moment we are focussing on innovation in the environment, but we do have other international patents and we are also working on several fronts - from nanotechnologies to new markets.