Iera Award: This autonomous robot hunts dangerous hospital germs

Iera Award: This autonomous robot hunts dangerous hospital germs

Actually, patients come to the hospital to get better. However, it can also happen that they become infected with new germs there. This problem is compounded by the fact that more and more pathogens can no longer be treated with classical antibiotics . The search for new antibiotics, however, has just started again . It is best, therefore, if hospital germs can not even spread. The key is a strict hygiene. In the future, the UVD robot from the Danish manufacturer Blue Ocean Robotics could also help. It can move autonomously and treat all surfaces in a room with concentrated UV-C light.

Image: Blue Ocean Robotics

People have to leave the room

The rays come with wavelengths between 280 and 100 nanometers and are therefore invisible to the human eye. But they ensure a disinfection rate of 99.99 percent. The likelihood that pathogens spread uncontrollably can be significantly reduced. However, the radiation is not completely safe for humans. The robot was therefore equipped with a safety mechanism and permanently controls whether there are people in a room. If this is the case he stops the work. Otherwise, it drives independently to all surfaces and irradiates them with UV-C light. The space and the objects contained in it are detected using a laser scanner.

Also the food production could benefit

The anti-germ robot has now been awarded the Iera Award – one of the most prestigious awards in the field of robotics. Above all, the combination of classical robot technology with the expertise in medicine was praised. First prospects from the Middle East and Asia should already exist. In principle, the robot can not only be used in hospitals. Rather, it would also be conceivable that he regularly cleans laboratories and production facilities for food, for example. This is currently still a dream of the future. First of all, the robot now has to prove that it actually makes sense to integrate into everyday hospital life. Then soon the first orders from Germany should follow soon.

Via: International Federation of Robotics

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