November 24, 2020

A Robotics Application for Disinfection

2020 was a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted our world in many ways. Among the many measures adopted to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and to conform to guidelines is the disinfection of surfaces and rooms in different contexts, ranging from hospitals to laboratories and offices, public areas like train stations, passenger ships, trains and airplanes.

Ensuring safety to people that perform the disinfection is vital and with the rise of mobile robotic platforms, a machine that could autonomously disinfect a room just by ordered to do so is a realistic alternative.

Therefore, a company that is manufacturing and configuring robotic platforms decided to equip them with controllable UV-C disinfection lamps and put them on duty. The challenges it faced were optimizing and controlling the routing of the platform to ensure total disinfection coverage and enable automated safety precautions for both the platform, its operators, and the users of the target spaces.



The solution
The solution

How ahedd Helped in This Case – The Solution

The role of ahedd

ahedd is a Digital Innovation Hub for the creation of a digital innovation ecosystem. In each business case, ahedd identifies the need of the client and conducts a business analysis. Then this need is matched to the technological competences of one or more partners of its ecosystem. Working as a united entity, the client is provided with a single point-of-contact to build trust and facilitate all communication.

The solution

In this case, ahedd matched the business need to the technological excellence of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL The AI lab) of NCSR Demokritos, which leads cutting-edge research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and especially in assistive robots.

ahedd and SKEL investigated the whole process and involved managers and end-users in the analysis to determine that the solution would be effective and tailored to the particular needs. Then, they proposed to the client the routing application that would address the challenges of the UV-C disinfection robotic platform.

SKEL developed a new AI-enabled software application that allows the robotic platform to map the target area and then perform the routing that the user defines. Simulation allows the user to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed route before it is assigned to the platform and while it operates. SKEL also integrated automation components to stop operation if changes to the initial mapping or motion movements are detected. The user can monitor and control the operation via the application, which is also available for mobile devices.

The deployment

The platform is now being used to disinfect surgery rooms and hospitalisation clinics of a leading multinational healthcare service provider. It has been tested and certified that the system is reliable and effective in ensuring a hygienic and safe environment for both personnel and patients.

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