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Robot Destroys Hospital Bugs – IERA Award 2019 by IEEE and IFR

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The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and
Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The
collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting
concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful
microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99%
disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives
of contracting dangerous infections.

“The UV disinfection robot by Blue Ocean Robotics shows that robotics
has a limitless potential of being applied in new environments,” said
Arturo Baroncelli, former President of the International Federation of
Robotics which co-sponsors the IERA award. “The combination of
‘classical’ mechatronic disciplines – typical of robotics – with the
know-how of medicine and pharmacy is fantastic evidence of this path of
progress. The IFR is happy to recognise and support this virtual trend.”

“We are incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a
ground-breaking product,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean
Robotics. “Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have been disinfected by
the robot. Our UVD Robot not only reduces the risk of patients
contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent
visitors and hospital staff.” Blue Ocean Robotics is a Danish
manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare, hospitality,
construction and agricultural sectors based in Odense. The UV
disinfection robot is sold by its subsidiary, UVD Robots.

UVD Robot disinfects all contact surfaces autonomously

Infections acquired in hospitals cause significant costs in the
healthcare sector: In the EU, these costs amount to 7 billion euros. The
source of infections can be other patients or staff and even equipment
or the hospital environment. The UVD Robot drives around and positions
itself autonomously in relation to its surroundings. The machine treats
surfaces in a hospital ward with light from several angles and up close.
The robot disinfects all contact surfaces, stopping at predefined
hotspots that require a longer time of exposure. The UV disinfection
robot does not replace the manual cleaning process – it is designed as a
complimentary activity and always works in enclosed spaces.


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