Gerald R Ford International Airport in the US has tested a new autonomous robot that disinfects using ultraviolet (UV) technology as it explores ways to fight Covid-19 as part of its ‘Fly Safe. Fly Ford’ education campaign.

The airport is also testing a comprehensive suite of tools that includes a shoe disinfectant mat for guests, a pod to clean wheelchairs and luggage trolleys and a chamber for personal items such as phones, keys and tablets.

These tools use UV technology that works on a molecular level to destroy the microbiology of the virus.

Gerald R Ford International Airport maintenance director Tim Haizlip said: “As we researched holistic solutions to combat the spread of Covid-19, it became evident UV technology has been proven in other industries to kill the virus, so we made the decision to test it at the Ford Airport.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the results of this new UV technology as yet another method to ensure our guests feel comfortable and secure during their travel through Ford Airport.”

The airport collaborated with UVC Experts and iP Program for various solutions to meet the disinfecting needs of all touchpoints, including floors, open spaces, surfaces and personal items.

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It is testing products that emit a light spectrum of 254 nanometers that kills Covid-19 and other viruses such as the common cold.

Gerald R Ford International Airport is currently testing the UVD Robot, the UVC Footwear Sanitizing Station, the UVC Footwear Sanitizing Station, a UCV Pod and a UVC Chamber.

Used in areas such as baggage claim and the security checkpoint, the UVD Robot emits concentrated UV-C light onto high, medium and low-touch services and kills 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and pathogens.

The UVC Footwear Sanitizing Station uses a combination of ozone and UV-C light and will allow guests to sanitise their shoes in just eight seconds. A UCV Pod for sanitising wheelchairs and luggage trolleys allows for quick disinfection.

With UVC Chamber, guests will be able to disinfect their phones, tablets, keys and other personal items with the help of the airport team.