Autonomous disinfecting robot now rolling around Detroit Metro Airport's McNamara Terminal

Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 16:30:28-05

A disinfecting robot is now rolling around the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport in an effort to help enhance cleaning protocols, according to a press release from Pratt Miller.

The autonomous robot named Safi was created by Pratt Miller Mobility and aims to consistently and thoroughly disinfect surfaces with its 16-gallon tank, long run time and tight 3-4 foot turning radius.

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The company said the robot is ideal for spraying down large spaces, giving cleaning staff more time to concentrate on other spaces. It also reportedly sends information back to alert facility managers which surfaces were covered and how much disinfectant was used.

“Our robot is not intended to take the place of human cleaning crews,” said Simon Dean, PMM’s Vice President of Mobility and Core Engineering, in a press release. “It is however intended to work in parallel with their efforts that could be better spent cleaning smaller, niche spaces.”

The robot is also scheduled to deploy in Delta terminals at LaGuardia Airport in New York in the coming weeks.

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