With many schools across the globe getting ready to accept students back, the deadly coronavirus still remains a large concern. Along with practicing social distancing, school officials are going to have to make sure classrooms and hallways are sanitized. Along with hiring extra staff, some schools are turning to artificial intelligence.
Meet the Mobile Disinfection Robot. It comes from Pittsburgh based Safe Space Technologies and was made specifically to help sanitize schools. The robot uses powerful UBC and UVC lights to help kill germs and viruses including COVID-19. Places such as hospitals, hotels, and airports have incorporated UV light robots to make sure areas are properly disinfected.
“UVC is blocked by the ozone layer, which is why UVC is germicidal in nature. So viruses, bacteria yeasts, and mold have not had the need to develop defense mechanisms against this because it’s never penetrated our atmosphere,” said Chris Proud with Safe Space Technologies.
Mobile Disinfection Robot Can Sanitize Large Areas Without Human Interaction
The Mobile Disinfection Robot specializes in sanitizing large rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, and hallways. It uses an internal GPS system and sensors to navigate the area.
Users can monitor and program the bot remotely with a computer or smartphone. Data is made available to track the robot’s runtime, location, and disinfection history. As far as speed goes, the robot sanitizes at a much faster rate than human crews.
“It can run to an area a needs to disinfect, disinfect that room, all while watching that in real-time. You could do two cafeterias and two gymnasiums in four hours, which would take a lot longer if you are using manpower,” Proud said.
Safe Place Technologies Working with School Districts
Safe Place Technologies already has one Pennsylvania school using the Mobile Disinfection Robot and has performed demonstrations for several other school districts.
The company has also developed a manual version for custodial staff to push into smaller spaces like restrooms. A cabinet version has been created for books, tablets, and toys.