The National Center for Civil and Human Rights Enhances Building Safety with New Siemens Air Filtration Technology

In partnership with Siemens Corporation, the patented air cleaning technology provides a safer space for visitors amidst COVID-19

ATLANTA, GA (Jan. 13, 2021) – In an ongoing effort to safely remain open to the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) is one of the first cultural institutions that has incorporated thermal imaging and air purification technologies from Siemens and its partners into its existing health and safety protocols.

Siemens, through their partnership with Sustainability Management Partners, has brought patented needle point bipolar ionization (NPBI©, manufactured by Global Plasma Solutions) technology called O2PrimeTM to the Center.  The NPBI solution works by using a facility’s existing ventilation system to flood the environment with hundreds of millions of ions that attack pathogens, mold, and other airborne and surface contaminants for long-term protection. The patented technology safely cleans indoor air, transforming a building’s infrastructure into a frontline of defense.

In addition to NPBI technology, NCCHR has also implemented FDA approved Siemens’ Thermal Imaging technology, allowing temperature checks via thermal cameras. Results are displayed on a monitor at a safe social distance, enhancing overall protection for staff and visitors.

“We are proud to support the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in its effort to increase the protection of its employees and visitors during the ongoing fight of COVID-19 by creating a safe and healthy indoor environment,” said Ruth Gratzke, CEO and President Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Americas. “Our highest priority is to stand by our partners’ and customers’ side with our solutions, expertise and know-how to overcome this global crisis.”

NCCHR temporarily closed its doors back in March due to safety concerns brought on by the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Atlanta area. Prior to reopening in September, NCCHR implemented a number of new health and safety protocols.

NCCHR immerses visitors through a range of powerful exhibits. The new technology allows NCCHR to maintain this experience with health and safety measures in place throughout the facility.

While Siemens is the partner for the aforementioned technologies to NCCHR, the company was also a cornerstone partner that supported the facility’s groundbreaking. This year, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Siemens is sponsoring a guided virtual tour of NCCHR for Siemens employees and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students in an effort to enable more people to access and explore the powerful exhibits inside the NCCHR. In 2013, Siemens contributed $1M to NCCHR to support the organization’s original capital campaign. Since then, in addition to holding events, Siemens amplified several campaigns, including the Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights and their Grand Opening. Siemens and NCCHR have also worked collaboratively on educational seminars for their employees.

For more information on NCCHR’s health and safety guidelines visit To learn more about O2Prime™ read the brochure. Watch this video on how Siemens is helping create a safer environment for visitors at NCCHR.



About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is a cultural institution that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to the struggle for human rights around the world today. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visit Join the conversation on civil and human rights: | |

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $17 billion and employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. SI creates environments that care. With around 72,000 employees worldwide, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and its U.S. corporate headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA.



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