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The next time a company accountant is tallying up operational expenses for their office buildings there could be several new items on the list: sensors, ultraviolet lights and maybe even plants with algorithms.

As companies and building owners re-open office doors after the coronavirus pandemic, they are now faced with greater responsibilities in keeping tenants and workers safe.

Grant Morgan, the CEO of biosafety start-up R-Zero, said that this has opened up a whole new line of business for companies providing products and services around hygiene and safety. Building tenants and employees will expect it, he said.

“We thought that there would be quite a bit of lingering psychological scar tissue if you will, in the eyes, in the minds of the public,” he said. “People aren’t going to want to go back to these spaces without knowing that there’s something different being done.”

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