Pittsburgh International Airport has actually put UVC components on its floor-cleaning robots, making it the very first airport in the United States to check making use of the ultraviolet rays to scrub the coronavirus from surface areas. If efficient, the UV-cleaning robots might be a model for other airports as they prepare to resume and attempt to persuade people to travel again.
Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis stated the collaboration with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics highlights how the burgeoning robotics sector in Pittsburgh works together with the community to resolve big-picture issues.
” We have an entire development culture that is looking for methods to do things much better, especially in the pandemic,” Cassotis stated. “And one of the important things that we recognized instantly is that while we have to manage the crisis everyday we need to keep a line of sight into the future, to help inspire self-confidence in travel once again.”
She said they were beginning to have those conversations internally when Carnegie Robotics CFO Daniel Beaven called her and stated he had an idea to retrofit the airport’s existing flooring scrubbers with UV lights.
UVC light is the very same innovation New York City will begin utilizing to sanitize its train system next week. While UVC rays are understood to be reliable at eliminating viral particles, including other coronaviruses like MERS, it’s still unidentified how efficient they protest the infection that causes COVID-19
Carnegie Robotics developed the AI and robotic systems for the Nilfisk floor scrubbers so they can map and clean a location autonomously. Now, after cleaning the flooring surface area with water pressure and chemical disinfectant, the UVC light will pass over the airport’s floorings for a much deeper cleansing.
The partnership with the airport and Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics is a potential model for other airports, and it likewise highlights Pittsburgh’s status as a robotics center In 2018, the airport announced it was partnering with Carnegie Mellon University for the City21: Smart Cities Institute, to establish tech jobs for the aviation market.
Like other airports, Pittsburgh International has seen a sharp drop-off in flights throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Cassotis stated working with business like Carnegie Robotics is part of PIT’s larger organizational approach that an airport should be part of its neighborhood.