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ZenZoe, a robot that eliminates Covid-19 in public spaces was launched in Portugal. According to the manufacturers, ASTI Mobile Robotics and BOOS Technical Lighting, this machine has “a 99.99% effectiveness” in cleaning the virus.
The ZenZoe robot uses “an ultraviolet light (UV-C), cleans the air and eliminates the presence of Covid-19”, explain the companies in a statement. “It is the exclusive design of the ultraviolet light used and its power, intensity and dimension which, combined with the continuous movement of the robot, allows effective cleaning to be carried out at all critical points and zones, making a disinfection at the horizontal and vertical “, they explain.
This Spanish-made machine is already being used to disinfect public spaces at Barajas Airport, Villarreal stadium or Burgos University Hospital, among others. According to the companies, “the robot only needs eight minutes to disinfect an area of 25 square meters”, which they classify as “record” cleaning time.
Given that its [do ZenZoe] action is non-toxic, does not imply waiting times so that the disinfected space can be used again. The technology is indicated to be used in several spaces: from hospitals to factories, shopping centers, offices or other large facilities ”, the company said in a statement.
To guarantee these claims, those responsible for ZenZoe say that “the ultraviolet light used by ZenZoe has been tested by researchers at Boston University’s National Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases”. According to these officials, the researchers exposed ZenZoe to “materials infected with SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes Covid-19) concluding that, with the indicated dose and application, it reduces the virus by 99.99%” .
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The robot is distributed in Portugal by Aura Light, a company specialized in the sale of indoor and outdoor lighting.