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After orange robots cleaned up Dubai’s metro stations, Abu Dhabi airport is now using robots for sterilization. By Upasana Singh
Abu Dhabi Airports has collaborated with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) to launch the new CoDi BOT UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), shortly referred to as the CodiBot. Designed by Marakeb Technologies, this state-of-the-art technology is the latest measure taken by the authorities to prevent any new positive cases of COVID-19 as UAE steadily returns back to normal life and slowly opens up its public places.
The CodiBot will sterilize the airport starting this month and will clean the staff area, cargo facilities, personnel areas, and passenger cabins with minimised human interaction. Working on a high-speed 4G data connection, the robot is fully equipped to target virus strains on surfaces with controlled bursts of germicidal UV rays and disinfect areas using liquid cleaning agents. Its unique design also enables it to move through the aircraft cabin, ensuring the safety of its operators through real-time remote control video facility.
The initiative is part of a larger scheme to incorporate advanced technologies into the daily operations of the airport in order to achieve a high level of efficacy and offer the best services to travellers.
As reported by Gulf News, “The introduction of the robot helps operational teams carry out safer missions during the sterilization of aircraft while parked at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), eliminating the risk of human exposure and self-contamination,” Abu Dhabi Airports said in a statement.
Other measures implemented at Abu Dhabi International Airport include the thermal screening of passengers and workers, nasal swabbing, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, as recommended by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).
The capital and second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates has also employed specially-designed trucks to sterilize public facilities and residential areas. This is part of the ongoing sterilization programme in the UAE that has been launched to take precautionary measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.