In a post-COVID world, existing disinfection methods like fumigation are not sufficient to ensure public safety. - NY Times (April 2020)
Equipped with lab-proven UV-C disinfecting technology, the remote-operated UV-robot has been adopted by a wide variety of industries and will become the industry standard of choice for post-COVID disinfection - IEEE (March 2020)
Current cleaning falls under two categories:
In this method, chemicals are sprayed over large areas to destroy the virus. The prominent issue is the lingering chemicals are harmful to humans and the chemicals can damage equipment, electronics, etc. Most “deep clean” solutions use some form of chemical spraying disinfectant. However, recent studies have shown that their efficacy in killing the virus is questionable.
There are multiple solutions that rely on UV-C light, from handheld wands to larger trolleys that can be moved around by the operator. The primary issue comes from the exposure to UV-C light on the operator. UV-C light at 253 nm (germicidal) is a leading cause of skin-cancer and direct exposure to skin and eyes is harmful.
Most UV-C robots are upwards of $30,000 and often multiple robots are required for large areas like Target stores, malls, large offices. There is a need for a remotely controlled system that can cover large areas without exposing humans to UV-C light in a cost-effective manner.
Our approach relies on the combination of established proven UV-C based sanitization (Science Daily, April 2020) along with telepresence remotely controlled robots. The UV-Bot achieves the sanitization efficacy of UV systems while protecting the user from exposure to UV-C radiation through the remote operation of the robot. The robot can be controlled remotely over Wi-Fi and with in-built automatic docking and charging abilities, it can operate independently of user intervention.
UV-Bot comes with an operations package where, for a service fee, the UV-Bot team will operate the robot via telepresence without the need of humans present.
The UV-Bot is a safe, economical, and assured way of sanitizing large areas such as department stores, malls, movie theatres, and hotel lobbies.
We offer full-service, including remote operation at night of the robot. The robot is equipped with 360 cameras and an alarm warning of potential humans nearby along with a remote on/off switch for the light along with automatic docking for recharging.
If you prefer an internal operations team, we will supply you with the robot and training guide for your own operators. We provide ongoing support including regular robot and disinfection kit maintenance, and operations requirement update.
With 150w UV-C lights, the 4,000 sq ft space was disinfected
in under 30 minutes.
The control panel can be used to adjust travel speed, camera angle, front- or ground- camera view switch, alarm system, etc.
150 Watt UV-C light
Speed: 0.5 m/s
Remotely controllable over Wi-Fi
Height covered: 6 ft
Cover 3,600 m2 of wall coverage per hour
UV-C radiation per cm2: 30 mJ/cm2
UV-C light has been a well-adopted technology for cleaning all forms of bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19. The 253 nm wavelength light can penetrate and destroy the DNA/RNA present in bacteria and viruses alike - rendering them ineffective within seconds. The dosage required for effective sanitization is under study but preliminary third party scientific reports suggest 18mJ/cm2 of UV-C radiation suffices for COVID-19 inhibition.
FDA approves UV-C devices for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) if complete inhibition of E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is achieved. Bacterial spores like E. Coli and staphylococcus are significantly harder to destroy than lipid viruses (SARS-CoV-2).
Source: FDA March 2020
With a test conducted with 75 Watt UV-C light at 40 centimeters distance from a plate of Staph and E. Coli bacteria, the light was shone on the plate for under 2 seconds. The control sample (no UV-C light) showed growth and test sample (with UV-C light) showed no growth after 24 hours of incubation.
Source: Study conducted by MD/Ph.D. Assistant professor of Microbiology.
Successfully passed multiple risk assessments adhering to The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) international standards and the acceptable Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) therein for multiple professional areas of commerce and business.
Successfully pitched and demoed to executive leadership, equipment operators and union leaders on the feasibility, efficacy and process for multiple areas needing UVC irradiation.
Level 3 (Acceptable rating, which is the best) compliance for the following environments
Level 3 (Acceptable rating, which is the best) compliance for FDA compliant bacteria testing in an array of environments.
A variety of industries have adopted UV-C cleaning technologies and UV-C robots are being deployed across the world in hospitals, airplanes, and airports.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is currently testing the UV-C technology for the New York City subway system. This technology has already been deployed in hundreds of restaurants across the country, including those owned by Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., as well as gyms, sports arenas, hospitals, and federal buildings.
A demonstration of UV disinfecting technology in a New York City subway car. Authorities are also experimenting with a technology that uses ionized particles.
Source: Wall Street Journal
MTA New York City Transit
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