The sanitizing robot that uses UV light against COVID-19

Faced with the health crisis that the coronavirus pandemic has generated, Aguascalientes has not lagged behind in proposing solutions that benefit the population in this delicate situation, in which solidarity, creativity and empathy are imperative to move forward together.

One of these initiatives is a robotic sanitizing lamp developed by a team of thirty engineers, including members of the company Max4 Technologies and graduates of the Universidad Panamericana (UP).

Guillermo Medina, a Robotics Engineering graduate from that university, explains that in talks with directors of the Miguel Hidalgo Hospital, they came to the conclusion that the most urgent thing in state hospitals, in addition to masks and medical protective equipment, was a way simple to disinfect rooms in a short time. So they took on the task of creating this device.

In order to respond quickly to this demand, the first prototype of the UV Sanitizer was created in less than six weeks, to which Guillermo explains that based on feedback, they continue to make modifications that more effectively meet the specific needs of the most of thirty facilities, such as hospitals, hotels and national companies in which the sanitizer is already in operation.

The robotic lamp takes between 15 and 30 minutes to sanitize rooms, depending on their size, and is three to five meters effective, so it can move autonomously.

It is through type C ultraviolet light that it manages to reduce viruses and bacteria on surfaces, including the coronavirus. In spaces where light cannot penetrate adequately, such as under beds or furniture, the robot also emits ozone which is responsible for disinfecting these poorly lit areas.

Medina comments that if they are exposed to it, this type of ultraviolet light is delicate for human beings, so the UV Sanitizer has smart sensors to perceive obstacles or stop their activity once it detects a person in the room.

This team of engineers also created a mechanical ventilator to assist patients with more severe symptoms of coronavirus, which is currently in the COFEPRIS certification phase in laboratories.

‚ÄúThis is just a little of what we can contribute with our knowledge, we want these two products to be readily available to those who need it, we want to help doctors not feel so alone, it is everyone’s problem, if we work overall, the probability of getting out of this situation is higher, “says Guillermo Medina.