Irish scientists have collaborated to develop an innovative autonomous drone platform to deliver sterilizing ultraviolet light from above to disinfect public surfaces and therefore reduce the transmission of coronavirus and other microbial threats.
Researchers at NUI Galway’s Health Innovation via Engineering (HIVE) Lab have developed a novel method of providing sterilising ultraviolet light radiation in a wide variety of environments by harnessing the versatility of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
The project is led by NUI Galway’s Professor Derek O’Kee!e and Dr. Ted Vaughan with Dr Kevin Johnson from the University of Limerick.
As the world has still to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a real need for a novel and versatile solutions to sanitise the wide terrain variety of public places such as healthcare facilities, restaurants, shopping centers, airport terminals, restrooms, amongst other.
To help combat this issue the research team have developed @UVCDrone which uses ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilise surfaces.
Courtesy of UVC Drone Website – http://uvcdrone.ie