By Andra Beltz
The Modulab research and development laboratory in Bucharest, a multi-disciplinary platform with over 10 years of experience in the field of technological innovation, has created the first functional prototype of an autonomous disinfection robot, without contact, with the help of UV-C radiation.
The use of UV-C radiation in the destruction of pathogens has been previously proven in many studies, including those to combat the new Coroavirus.
The Modulab team developed the prototype in record time. The specialists adapted an autonomous robotic transport platform that they had already built for intelligent warehouses. Thus, the intelligent robot can avoid fixed or moving obstacles and can navigate any surface completely autonomously or operated remotely.
Equipped with high-flux UV-C fluorescent tubes, the robot can destroy any viruses, bacteria and fungi as a result of the action of ultraviolet radiation on their DNA and RNA. The prototype created is the result of the initiative initiated by the Modulab team to adapt the projects in progress, in an attempt to contribute to the global effort to control and stop the SARS-COV-2 epidemic.
“We believe that technology will provide most of the answers and solutions to the global situation that, a few months ago, we could not imagine. Precisely the versatility of technology has allowed us in such a short time to implement a solution designed and created for a completely different project, of course adapted to the stringent requirements of the current context. At this moment we have a prototype tested and functional. If there is demand and interested investors, we are ready to produce it ”, says Paul Popescu, Modulab founder.
Together with Agora Robotics, Modulab has developed a complete standalone robotic navigation solution, successfully integrated into an industrial cleaning platform and a warehouse transport platform. However, it can have multiple applications – telepresence robots, remote monitoring or different services that involve autonomous movement.
The development of the first disinfection robot in Romania using a technology already tested and approved was a natural step in the current context of the needs of public institutions to independently disinfect large spaces and surfaces.
By Andra Beltz