Many organizations have had to pay more for extra cleaning services during the pandemic, but what if at least part of that cleaning and disinfecting could be done by autonomous cleaning robots?
According to a recent TechAcute article, a company called Fetch Robotics is designing autonomous cleaning robots to target ecommerce facilities while customers increasingly look to online shopping for essential items.
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The SmartGuardUV is a disinfecting AMR that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect public areas like shared workspaces, public offices, laboratories, and other areas. Fetch Robotics and Piedmont National have worked together to develop this AMR that is effective in disinfecting viruses such as COVID-19, Ebola, and Influenza.
Breezy One is a fogging AMR developed and designed with Build With Robots to disinfect large-scale facilities such as warehouses, factories, airports, and distribution centers. It uses an EPA-registered disinfectant that has been tested by 9 government agencies and 10 independent laboratories. It effectively disinfects about 99.9999% of viruses, bacteria, and spores that can cause diseases that are fatal to humans like COVID-19.
It will only take about 1.5 hours for the Breezy One unit to disinfect a 100,000 square foot area.
While it’s hard to imagine any small- to medium-sized businesses with irregular office layouts investing heavily in solutions like this, a larger, grid-like space might benefit from autonomous cleaning robots.
We keep hearing that one of the CDC’s recommendations for organizations attempting a full or partial return to the office is to ensure consistent sanitization efforts are made: why not let a robot do it for you? It’s not like the usefulness will disappear once COVID isn’t a threat.