In September, Swiss vehicle automation provider BlueBotics partnered with Ultra-Violet (UV) disinfection vendor Engmotion to develop UV-equipped robots for disinfecting areas in the wake of COVID-19. Using its Autonomous Navigation Technology (ANT) module, the disinfection systems are mounted with UV lights that are used to disinfect hospitals and medical facilities. These systems have become increasingly popular in the wake of COVID-19, and while Danish vendor UVD Robots is the main player, other vendors like BlueBotics and Fetch Robotics have repurposed their technology stacks to provide these robots.
The UVD robots are not cheap, with sales and deployment costs reaching close to US$100,000 per system. Chinese healthcare providers ordered 2,000 earlier in 2020 at the height of the crisis. There is also demand in other public spaces, as the BlueBotics/Engmotion system was recently deployed at an international airport in Italy as part of a pilot project carried out by Software Design. Airports and other areas need to disinfect, but are suffering from low employment, so demand for robots has incre…
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