The need for tools that can combat pathogens has never been greater. In spaces that are high risk for exposure to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, sending humans to disinfect these areas is a significant health risk. Digital Aerolus developed the first indoor drone with germicidal C-band ultraviolet (UVC) emitters at 265nm, creating a remote and mobile disinfection method for essential businesses.
The Aertos 120-UVC combines industrial drone technology with powerful UVC emitters, allowing essential businesses to rapidly deploy disinfection tactics remotely, without putting humans at risk. Digital Aerolus’ drones do not require GPS or external sensors to fly indoors, enabling drones to operate stably in places other drones cannot go, including small and confined spaces.
Our team pivoted over the past few weeks to launch the new drone with UVC LED emitters, as a way to mitigate the spread of pathogens for people working at essential businesses. The Aertos 120-UVC can be used for disinfection in critical places, including:
- Healthcare facilities – patient rooms, hospital rooms, and waiting areas
- Grocery stores – checkout spaces
- Airplanes and Public Transit – seats and exposed surfaces
- Business common areas – restrooms, workrooms, breakroom surface areas
- Warehouses and product areas – work surfaces, product handling and storing areas
- Educational buildings – daycare facilities and schools
The video below shows our new drone disinfecting an essential business daycare.
UVC disinfection is well-understood and has been used for decades to keep pathogens out of our drinking water
and off surfaces. UVC disinfection is a physical process that disrupts the DNA of harmful microorganisms and destroys their ability to reproduce. UVC light emitted in the wavelength range centered around 265 NM is generally considered the gold standard for effective UVC disinfection. UVC energy cannot be directly used around humans, given that these same killing attributes of this energy also damage human DNA.
In general, UVC energy disinfection sources are large, cost-prohibitive or impractical to deploy. The benefit of the Aertos 120-UVC is that it allows more organizations to deploy UVC disinfecting tactics quickly.
The Digital Aerolus team developed the Aertos 120-UVC drone as a tool to help essential businesses needing immediate and practical access to UVC disinfection technology during the pandemic. However, we believe that our world after the pandemic will be changed, and there will be a greater need for disinfection tools.
COVID-19 is a new virus related to other well-characterized viruses. At this time, the CDC continues to develop broad disinfection guidelines for this virus. Recent research and protocols indicate that UVC energy centered around the 265 NM wavelength is useful for COVID-19 disinfection.