WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Sterilight Robot is a cleaning droid that uses UV light to sterilize surfaces and kill 99.9 percent of germs.
- This week, the technology was first employed in a school in Greater Manchester to prepare classrooms for the return of students and teachers.
- The robot is a product of Apollo Healthcare Technologies, a manufacturer of a wide range of medical equipment.
Autonomous self-cleaning droids have previously been used in airports and hospitals for disinfection before. This week, a school in Hindley, Wigan, Greater Manchester, used the robot cleaners to disinfect classrooms to fight against COVID-19 and make them safe for returning students and teachers.
This is the first time the technology has been employed in a school. The droid can patrol the school when it is empty, going through corridors and classrooms while blasting out a powerful UV-C ray to break down any virus DNA structures that may linger on various surfaces. Two days were spent sterilizing surfaces in Three Towers Alternative Provision Academy.
According to co-inventor Gary Oualnan of Apollo Healthcare Technologies Ltd., “Everything the light touches is sterilized.” When cleaning, humans can miss certain areas when they use direct contact liquid. The Sterilight Robot solves that problem by sterilizing and cleaning areas using light instead.
Oulnan said similar technology was previously used in hospitals against SARS. “We built on that to deal with coronavirus.”
Operators can customize the direction and speed of the robot to create a digital map of the area that needs to be sterilized. Then, after users leave the room, the Sterilight Robot only needs 10-15 minutes to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria in a classroom.
Apollo Healthcare Technologies is based in West Yorkshire. They manufacture various medical equipment that is sold in the UK and in Ireland. Recently, the company also expanded to Hong Kong and Australia.
Source: Good News Network