Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in the US has announced that it has started the use of robots with ultraviolet light to disinfect the airport. The technology is expected to kill the microbes present in high-traffic areas, increase the cleanliness and help in restoring confidence for travellers.
With the adoption of the new technology, it has become the first airport in the US to use ‘specially equipped floor-cleaning machines’. Due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the aviation industry has been significantly impacted. Passenger traffic decreased by over 90% due to the travel restrictions and social distancing rules.
Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis added: “The health and safety of airport staff and the travelling public are always the top priorities.
“We know that restoring confidence in travel is going to be key to the industry recovery. That’s why we’re partnering with world-leading Pittsburgh technology companies to help develop solutions.”
Developed in combination with Carnegie Robotics, Nilfisk’s Liberty SC50 Autonomous Scrubber / Dryer is a fully autonomous commercial-grade robotic floor-cleaning machine.