Products are faced with extreme conditions in Antarctica, including low temperatures, relentless winds, the notorious white dark, and the consequent reduced visibility. The SUNFIBRE® technology illuminates up to 3 kilometres in all directions, enhancing visibility in foggy weather and overall facilitating the identification of individual team members. The operation time is more than 30 hours and thanks to the power bank it is easily rechargeable.
Other features of the technology include washability and high durability, and they also pass norms of heat and direct flame resistance. They are available in a wide range of colours and textile coating, including the integration of special sensors and the possibility of connecting to other systems. The technology can be used not only in clothing but in a diverse range of other outdoor equipment. "SUNFIBRE® actively helps those who need to be protected, even when saving another human life, e.g. during night rescue operations, it pushes the safety of rescue workers to a new level," says Tereza Budská. The technology is also part of bags and backpacks for rescuers, so it helps visibility not only in the field but also illuminates the interior of their bags. It can also be used on police uniforms or for leisure activities, like running and bike riding.
Together with SCILIF s.r.o., the Masaryk University Technology Transfer Office is preparing the products for testing to be handed over to scientists who will take them to the research station in January 2024 and test the technology for several months.