Covid 19: Abu Dhabi Airport To Use Robots For Sterilization

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Covid 19: Abu Dhabi Airport To Use Robots For Sterilization

After Dubai Metro used Orange Robots for cleaning, Abu Dhabi airport follows suit. Abu Dhabi airport now has unmanned vehicles that will sterilize the place. The CodiBot is designed by Marakeb Technologies, and will sterilize the airport starting this month. The robot will clean the staff areas, cargo facilities, and cabin sterilisation with minimized human interaction.

What’s In It?

The CodiBot is fully equipped with remote control facility, a real-time video and high-speed 4G data connection. The robot has three main functions:

-Targeting of virus strains on surfaces with controlled bursts of germicidal UV rays
-Screening of individual through thermal infrared monitoring
-Disinfection of areas using liquid cleaning agents

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “We can reassure passengers and our frontline staff that we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure their safety. We have a clear responsibility to ensure our spaces remain clear of any virus threat. By deploying artificial intelligence, we add another layer of protection and build on our comprehensive response to the Covid-19 outbreak.”

What Else

Earlier, Abu Dhabi used specially-designed vehicles to sterilize the city. The initiative is a collaborative effort by the Department of Municipalities and Transport and Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management (Tadweer).

The specially-designed trucks sterilise public facilities and residential areas. The move is part of the ongoing sterilization program happening in the UAE.

45 special vehicles were used to wash and sterilize Abu Dhabi streets. The vehicles were equipped with a dual spray capability to achieve the best results. The vehicles can spray sterilisation materials for 100 metres and are supported by two fans, with a capacity of 30 kilowatts.

Each vehicle can hold up to 10,000 litres of water and consumes about 10 cubic meters of water per hour.  This also makes it an eco-friendly consumption of water and materials, and the ability to clean as many areas as possible.