As the world is grappling with Covid-19, technology is playing a pivotal role by bringing in cutting-edge disinfection solutions. One such solution that has taken the industry by storm is Disinfection Robots. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport are extensively using Smart Robots to provide their travelers with higher standards of cleanliness. The latter being the first airport in the US to test UV-cleaning Robots to eliminate coronavirus from surfaces.
Usage of Intelligent Robots for disinfection purposes is not only limited to airports as more and more hotels are coming forward to use this technology to pioneer a new era of impeccable hygiene for their guests. According to Forbes, some of the big names include – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hilton and Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown. It is being reported that usually it takes 8-10 minutes for a robot to sanitize the room – cleaning robots are indeed finding their way into guests’ room.
Since these robots are self-sufficient, they reduce the risk of further contamination for the cleaning staff as well. After seeing their success in sanitizing the hospitals, they were considered for high-traffic spaces like airports. “Passengers don’t just want to see a clean airport – they want to know it’s clean and they want to know it’s safe. Ultra-violet robots have been used in hospitals as a way to disinfect and kill microorganisms, so it is definitely something that makes sense for an airport,” asserted Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pittsburgh International Airport as reported by International Airport Review.
In fact, JetBlue Airways is spearheading the conversation by being the first US airline to deploy Ultraviolet Cleaning Robots as part of its pilot program. According to officials the robotic system can traverse an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes. “With the safety of our crewmembers and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crewmembers, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints, and keeping surfaces clean and sanitized,” explains Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and COO, while speaking to NBC New York.
It is evident that airport authorities are pushing the envelope to restore the confidence of travelers and assuring them that their safety is being taken care of. Experts believe with the support of breakthrough technology such as UV Robots, gradually the industry will be able to recover and people will move around continents, freely, like before.
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