Colleges and Universities Across North America are Using USI’s COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine
Many educational institutions have scaled up symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing efforts through Return-to-Learn programs. As a part of these testing efforts, colleges and universities across North America are using USI’s COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine to provide students and staff with easy access to self-administered COVID-19 test kits. These easy-to-use machines are being placed in residence halls, dining areas, or other campus buildings for “can’t miss” access.
USI’s COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine helps make campuses safer by helping the administration to quickly identify any potential outbreaks of COVID-19. In fact, U-Select-It’s COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine was featured in a recent 60 Minutes episode. The 60 Minutes story highlighted how USI’s COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine is being used by the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to help proactively identify and manage the spread of COVID-19 throughout their campus.
To receive a test kit, users simply make the selection via the user interface keypad or optional 10.1” touchscreen on the machine. Once the user completes the self-administered test, the user can return their test kit to one of the designated drop locations on campus.
For enhanced verification, USI’s optional card reader interface allows the educational institution to verify a user’s credentials via student IDs or campus cards, prior to dispensing the test kit. With the optional card reader interface, colleges and universities can connect to their existing backend software.
With the optional card reader interface, access restrictions can be set through the payment getaway utilizing credit allowances. Access restrictions include restricting the number of test kits available to users within a certain timeframe. For example, you may allow students living on campus to access one test kit on a weekly basis.
An important optional feature is our new, patent-pending UVend Technology. UVend Technology makes the machine’s high-touch surfaces (keypad or touch screen and delivery door) safer by utilizing UV light to kill or inactivate up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including influenza and the COVID-19 virus. In fact, UVend Technology has been proven by an independent third-party accredited testing lab to be a safe application of UVC light to sanitize the high-use portions of vending equipment. UVend utilizes the same UV light sanitization technology that has been used for decades in healthcare organizations, schools, prisons, retailers and the transportation industry.
Many students and staff are eager to return to 100% in-person learning and USI's COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machine is one option to help campuses get back to "normal."