Baudoin Wash-Systems was awarded the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award for the best innovation in the international, professional cleaning industry. Baudoin Wash-Systems' Travelator is an entirely new cleaning concept which uses the latest glass cleaning technology and is extremely user friendly. The overall winner was chosen from the three category winners, the other two being Kärcher's BD 50/40 RS scrubber dryer and an implementation plan for sustainable cleaning by Alpheios International. There were 82 entries, nine of which were nominated. All the nominees and - of course - the winning products will be present at ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam from 26 to 29 April 2010 at  Amsterdam RAI, and can also be viewed at:
The Travelator (the Netherlands - stand 02.102) is easy to use, was designed with the latest technology and has a modern appearance. This innovation cleans large areas of travelator glass which exists in airports and shopping centres. The panels automatically adjust to the different travelator heights. The six round microfibre pads start rotating cross wise and, if the spraying system is activated, the pads will start cleaning the glass. With the Travelator Baudoin Wash-Systems is also winner of the category 'Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety'.
The sheer originality of this product was what impressed the judging panel most. The Travelator brings mechanised cleaning to an entirely new sector of the industry - large expanses of glass which are hard-to-reach and difficult to tackle for cleaning staff. This new machine makes this task infinitely more ergonomic and it makes more sense in terms of productivity and cost-efficiency. It is rare that the Innovation Award panel sees a product which has truly never been seen before. This year, with the Travelator, the judges saw just that.
Category winners
The winner of the 'Machines, accessories and components' category is Kärcher (Germany - stand 01.135) with cleaning machine BD 50/40 RS. This compact product is able to clean areas productively and energy efficiently. The small turning radius enables the cleaning of and turning in very narrow corridors. The field of vision starts only 30 centimeters from the front end of the machine and extends as far as the user's eye can see.
The judges considered this to be a well-designed and easy-to-use scrubber dryer, mainly because of its compact design and manoeuvrability. The BD 50/40 RS opens up market opportunities and brings mechanisation to new areas, areas which would previously have been cleaned using manual methods. It also covers those most important aspects - ecology and economy.
Alpheios International (the Netherlands, stand 01.315) is the winner of the category 'Cleaning Management and Training Solutions' with the Vive Sustainability Scan. This scan offers organisations a concrete implementation plan. It quickly highlights which areas an organisation is or is not cleaning sustainably and whether goals are being achieved in daily operation.
The jury finds the Vive Sustainability Scan an innovative service. If offers an in-depth analysis of the cleaning operation and highlights areas which are not being cleaned sustainably. Subjects such as sustainable cleaning, basic cleaning techniques and usage of the right chemical dosage are highlighted in a step-by-step implementation plan. Ultimately it will make the business more efficient.
High standard of entries
Michelle Marshall, chairman of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award jury: 'On behalf of the whole panel I can honestly say that this year's Innovation Award was the most difficult yet to judge. The standard of entries was higher than ever before and the quality of presentation by all the finalists exceptional. Much deliberation and discussion was needed for us to reach our final conclusions!'

It is encouraging to see the Innovation Award becoming an increasingly important part of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN exhibition. It should also be remarked that companies in the industry are taking extremely seriously the issues surrounding sustainability, and also making use of the latest in what information technology has to offer in developing high-tech and practical solutions'.
The ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award jury
De 2010 jury bestaat uit:
Michelle Marshall - Chairman — Editor European Cleaning Journal - United Kingdom
Reinhard Knittler — Publisher Reinigungs Markt - Germany
Paolo Pellizzari — Chief Editor Pulizia Industriale e Sanificazione - Italy
Anton Duisterwinkel — Independent scientific journalist and cleaning researcher at TNO -   the Netherlands
Dick van Zomeren — Editor Service Management - the Netherlands
Ton van der Riet — Managing Director Senzora - the Netherlands
Rob Geissler — Group Publisher Trade Press Media Group (Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting Profits, Housekeeping Solutions) - USA
Pierre Deschamps — Redacteur en chef Batiment Entretien - France
ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award supports African water project with €12,000.
All the registration fees received from exhibitors for the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award will be donated to AMREF (African Medical & Research Foundation) Flying Doctors' sanitation project. €12,000 has been collected for the construction and maintenance of sanitary and water facilities in Mtwara, Tanzania.