Look to the doers and the changemakers. That’s exactly what the team at Digital Aerolus is attempting to do – utilize their technology in a time of the pandemic. They’re currently investigating two possibilities for drone-based disinfection: ultraviolet light and disinfectant fogging.
The best way to deal with COVID-19 is to not be around the virus, however, it’s easier said than done. With an unknown incubation time, by the time people show symptoms, they’ve likely already spread the germs or infected others. Cleaning indoor areas on a mass scale are essential and anything that can expedite the process or make it more efficient can be potentially life-saving.
The Digital Aerolus team of engineers and scientists are exploring ways that their indoor inspection drone technology may assist with managing and containing COVID-19. They believe drones will prove to be an effective delivery platform for disinfecting surfaces, the interiors of planes and ships, and entire rooms.
The research and testing have begun and they’re looking for additional forward-thinking partners to join them in these efforts to reduce the virus spread.
Important to know about UVGI and disinfectant foggers:
UVGI – Ultraviolet
Many facilities use powerful UVC lights to sanitize a surface or an entire indoor area by UVGI (ultraviolet germicidal irradiation). Exposure to UVC light with sufficient intensity and duration destroys the RNA replication mechanism of the virus with +99.9% effectiveness. Several companies have developed autonomous ground robots to accomplish UVGI in hospitals and health care facilities.
Digital Aerolus thinks that drone-based mobile UVC disinfection systems will be useful tools in the fight against contamination. But, it remains a challenge to deploy UVC systems on an indoor drone: the UVC lighting elements are often large and heavy, requiring significant power. Exposure to UVC can injure the drone’s pilot.
To solve this, they are currently working to integrate smaller and more powerful sources of UVC and experimenting with methods to use UVC sources on our platforms. They’re also working on implementations of their MMF technology to deploy drones autonomously so that pilots can remain out of harm’s way.
Hospitals and other facilities successfully use fogging devices to decontaminate indoor areas. For example, a combination of hydrogen peroxide and silver nitrate successfully destroys +99.9% of bacteria and viruses when dispersed as a mist. China is currently deploying disinfectant systems mounted on outdoor drones to fight against COVID-19 contamination.
The team believes that chemical disinfectant canisters mounted on stable indoor drones may prove to be an indispensable weapon in combating the Coronavirus indoors. But, the virus outbreak has understandably left many disinfectants in short supply. Digital Aerolus is testing ways to mount and deliver disinfectant systems on our stable indoor industrial drones.
This is, of course, uncharted territory. Their goal is to test and learn, albeit quickly, and identify new and innovative ways to get ahead of COVID-19.