New disinfection drone fights Covid-19 inside your home

Hyperaxion April 18, 2020 10:38 pm

Digital Aerolus developed the first internal drone with C-band ultraviolet (UVC) germicidal emitters, creating a new method of remote and mobile disinfection.

The best innovations emerge in times of crisis. Last month, a team of engineers created a new disinfection tool, at a time when the world is facing the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the Aertos 120-UVC drone, which combines the disinfecting power of UVC light with an exclusive industrial drone platform.

New disinfection drone fights Covid-19 inside your home
(Credit: Digital Aerolus).

This drone is the only one specifically designed to fly indoors and in confined spaces, without relying on GPS or other external aids. According to Digital Aerolus, Artificial Intelligence (AI) mimics the human brain’s ability to preventively recognize and avoid obstacles.

Combining this feature with the UVC disinfection turns the drone into a real weapon to significantly reduce the health risks of humans who are at the forefront of the fight against the new coronavirus, reports the UAV Expert News.

(Credit: Digital Aerolus).

“As this global crisis has unfolded, we’ve been committed to developing an innovative and accessible solution to wage war against COVID-19 and mitigate the risk to humans worldwide,” said Digital Aerolus co-founder Jeff Alholm. The use of UVC light to disinfect spaces is not new, but the method is. Using a drone for disinfection can help keep people safe.

The drone is equipped with 36 LEDs and uses a very powerful UV-C light, with a wavelength of 265 nanometers. UV-C is effective in destroying pathogens in the air, including viruses, but it is dangerous for humans. For this reason, the lights usually stay above people’s heads.

The autonomous drone ensures that humans are not exposed to the virus or the intense ultraviolet light used to kill it. However, the whole process takes some time: Digital Aerolus estimates that the drone should fly about 1.8 meters above the surface for 5 minutes, to provide a disinfection rate greater than 99%.

The Aertos 120-UVC will be available in May, through partners and resellers of Digital Aerolus.

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