Badger Technologies launches a new UV disinfection solution based on the autonomous mobile robot technology that the company developed for their inventory counting robots. Badger Technologies primary market is retail and grocery stores. These customers also have the requirement for cleaning and disinfection, and the new Badger UV Disinfect is an answer to that requirement.
The Badger UV Disinfection robot is equipped with advanced UV-C technology developed by UltraViolet Devices Inc. (UVDI), a leading provider of air and surface disinfection solutions. UVDI is a leader in the UV disinfection market and has been around for 70 years. However, the existing UVDI UV disinfection devices are all manually operated. This is the first partnership that UVDI has pursued with an autonomous mobile robot vendor. UVDI has been proven and tested in both medical and general facility disinfection applications and brings immediate credibility to this new solution for the disinfection capabilities.
The Badger UV Disinfect Robot can patrol grocery store aisles and safely disinfect the merchandise (image courtesy of Badger Technologies)
Early testing of the new robot with UVDI’s 254nm Advanced UV-C technology indicates 99% and greater inactivation of coronaviruses, E.coli, Salmonella enterica and Influenza A. Testing results also show that the Badger UV Disinfect robot can decontaminate 40,000 square feet in about two hours for rapid disinfection of shelves, aisles and checkout areas.
“We’re proud to work with Badger Technologies to advance store safety combining globally trusted technologies in ultraviolet disinfection and robotics,” said Peter Veloz, CEO of UltraViolet Devices Inc. “Together, we can provide enhanced surface disinfection in public spaces with a self-navigating, autonomous UV disinfecting solution that’s proven effective and simple for retailers to implement safely.”
Another view of the Badger Technologies UV Disinfection Robot (image courtesy of Badger Technologies)
UVDI’s advanced UV-C technology, which is used by over 1,000 hospitals in more than 25 countries, has proven its effectiveness in limiting healthcare-associated infections, according to several published clinical studies. Most recently, UVDI announced the results of independent testing conducted by Innovative Bioanalysis, an accredited BSL-3 laboratory. The data revealed that UVDI’s UV-C disinfecting technology achieved greater than 99.99% inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus strain that causes COVID-19, within five minutes of application at a distance of 12 feet. UVDI’s Indoor Air-Quality solutions also are in use at more than 10,000 international commercial sites.
“Disinfecting retail stores is an ideal job for our robots as they can navigate aisles effortlessly,” said Tim Rowland, CEO of Badger Technologies. “We’re pleased to work with UVDI to help grocers and retailers quickly address COVID-19 contamination concerns while supporting long-term strategies for more effective infection prevention in retail environments.”