To help keep passengers and staff safe from COVID-19, Abu Dhabi International Airport has turned to robots. Called CoDi BOT UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), the robot will help sanitize areas and screen passengers in the airport. The UGV cleans surfaces by using controlled bursts of UV rays and spraying liquid cleaning agents. It will also screen passengers via thermal infrared monitoring.
The UGV’s will be deployed around the airport in places such as staff zones, terminals, and cargo facilities. They’ll also be used to sterilize planes as the robot is specifically designed to be able to quickly maneuver through cabins. Using a high-speed 4G data network, the robot can be remote-controlled by operators who can view a real-time video feed.
“The introduction of the robot helps operational teams carry out safer missions during the sterilisation of aircraft while parked at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), eliminating the risk of human exposure and self-contamination,” said a statement issued by Abu Dhabi Airports.
Abu Dhabi Airport Robot Made to Fight COVID-19
The CoDi BOT UGV comes from the airport’s partnership with the Tawazun Strategic Development Fund. It was designed and manufactured by UAE-based company Marakeb Technologies to specifically help in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Introducing CoDi BOT UGV at Abu Dhabi International Airport reflects our commitment to adopting innovative technology, which can bolster the protection of our passengers and frontline staff against viruses. By deploying artificial intelligence, it adds another layer of protection and builds on our comprehensive response to the Covid-19 outbreak,” said Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.