Danish manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare,
hospitality, construction and agricultural sectors, Blue Ocean Robotics,
wins one of the most prestigious awards in the robotics industry, the
IERA Award 2019. The Odense-based company was nominated for UVD Robot, a
UV disinfection robot that helps increase patient safety by reducing
bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. With a UV disinfection robot,
hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection and thus a significantly
reduced risk of patients, staff and relatives contracting
IERA Award is one of the world’s most prestigious awards in robotics. It
honours the collaboration between science and industry in the production
of robots and is awarded by the International Federation of Robotics,
IFR, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS), which is
the world’s largest professional tech organisation with 420,000 members
in 160 countries. The award was presented in Montreal, Canada, Wednesday
evening, Danish time.
“We’re incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a
ground-breaking product that not only reduces the risk of patients
contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent
visitors and hospital staff. Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have
been disinfected by the robot,” says a proud Claus Risager, CEO of Blue
Ocean Robotics in Odense, Denmark.
The UV disinfection robot is autonomous and ensures that surfaces in a
hospital ward are treated with light from several angles and up close. A
report from the Danish Technological Institute concludes that the robot
eliminates 99.99% of bacteria and other microorganisms. The market for
the robot, which has been developed in ground-breaking cooperation with
leading hospitals in Denmark, is expected to be massive.
The UV disinfection robot is sold through the Blue Ocean Robotics
subsidiary, UVD Robots. The two companies receive the prize jointly.
Blue Ocean Robotics develops professional service robots in
healthcare, hospitality, construction, agriculture, and other global
markets. The portfolio of robots includes brands like; UVD Robots, a
mobile robot to disinfect hospitals and pharmacy industries; Multi Tower
Robot, a mobile robot for safe patient handling and rehabilitation; and
a handful of other service robots. Each robot brand is set up as a
venture company in itself. Blue Ocean Robotics is thus the first of its
kind – a Robot Venture Factory.