Odisha University designs UV-based Sanitiser Device
Capitalising on a huge demand and supply mismatch of santisers, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) Odisha has developed a robot-assisted, UV-based device to sanitise objects. Developed by the university’s Robotics Club, this device can sanitise large areas using short-wave ultraviolet radiation.
The contactless device Ultra Violet Robot-Assisted Sanitiser (UVRAS) will go a long way in combating the coronavirus disease, an official of the university said.
Prof. Prakash Chandra Swain, professor in charge of Public Relations of the university, said that the device would ensure proper hygiene by eliminating even minute traces of viruses and other microorganisms that may spread diseases.
“The UVRAS emits ultraviolet light to disinfect enclosed areas like hospital rooms, doctors’ chambers, operation theatres, guest rooms, restaurants and meeting spaces. The tool provides a perfect solution to our problem. The ultraviolet light targets pathogens and is effective for disinfecting the air. It prevents certain infectious diseases from spreading”, he said.
Swain also added that the bot features a remote camera that provides real-time imagery of the area where it would be deployed.
The university dubbed the device one-of-a-kind and has called for industrial interest to ramp up production of the UVRAS. Students of the university have also produced an automatic hand dispenser, which is contactless, as well as economical.