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IPN develops a disinfection robot for Covid-19

The “polytechnic” robot would use ultraviolet light to kill the SARSCoV2 virus in contaminated areas.

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IPN develops a disinfection robot for Covid-19
IPN develops a disinfection robot for Covid-19


To protect the population and workers in the health sector, Juan Humberto Sossa Azuela, researcher at National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)has worked on the development of a robot that will be able to renovate bathrooms, corridors, rooms and monitor Covid-19 patients.

The vending machine is expected to disinfect hospital rooms with Type C ultraviolet light to eliminate the SARSCoV2 virus in contaminated areas.

The technology of UV rays Removing the virus is very promising. So much so that it is currently used in other countries like the New York subway, where lamps with this light have been placed to disinfect the cars. Similarly, Asian nations chose this technology.

According to statements made by the expert on the IPN’s official website, the wavelength of ultraviolet light can kill bacteria and viruses as they directly affect and break the RNA of these organisms.

“First of all, the robot will work remotely and remotely and have basic functions for obstacle detection and proximity in order to prevent the operator from hitting it against objects. In a second phase, it is considered that it works autonomously through voice commands. In this case, speech and image analysis techniques, pattern recognition and other artificial intelligence techniques such as neural networks and performance learning are combined “He detailed.

If the wavelength of ultraviolet light is chosen, it can kill bacteria and viruses because they directly affect the RNA of these organisms and break them. / Image: Depositphotos.com

Likewise, the head of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory at the Computer Research Center (CIC) also assured that this system could be able to monitor the health of patients while at the same time easing some tasks for staff in hospitals.

In general, the machine consists of sensors and an interface for tablets and cell phones. In addition, as mentioned by Sossa Azuela, Sossa Azuela has a robot and teleoperation system with basic autonomy functions that enable it to fulfill the purpose for which it was created.

The IPN researcher, who is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, assured that the proposed prototype will go into operation in hospitals as soon as possible based on the results of the proposed prototype.

Similarly, he added that the scope of robotics during the pandemic will serve to raise awareness of the importance of using machines to reduce the high workload that some people face in times of crisis.

On the other hand, IPN Director General Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas said that the pandemic had been a great challenge for everyone and recognized the work of the researchers at the time, which he described as the country’s most important scientific force. .

It is worth noting that Sossa Azuela is not only working on this project, but also part of the team of Mexican scientists who work with foreign researchers to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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