Germ-killing robot fights coronavirus in schools
A school district in Massachusetts is deploying robots into classrooms and other high-traffic areas in school buildings to fight coronavirus germs.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) – Attleboro Public Schools is deploying robots into classrooms and other high-traffic areas in school buildings to fight coronavirus germs.
The district purchased 10 ADIBOT Disinfecting Systems, made by UBTECH Robotics, using federal COVID dollars for its nine schools. The brand new Attleboro High School will get two of the machines.
“It uses UV light technology that’s been employed in hospital operating rooms for decades,” said Marc Furtado, director of finance for the district. “We had a lot of success last year protecting our staff and protecting our students from the situation, and, you know, we’re certainly open to new ways to do that. We had very, very little school-based transmission and this is just gonna make that better.”
Furtado said the group investing in the technology reached out to ask the district if it would be interested in trying it. A school district in Delaware had great success with it, Furtado said.
The machines cost approximately $18,000 each.
“There’s no real effective way for a person to disinfect the air in a room other than air exchanges through the ventilation systems. So this thing will come in, and anywhere light touches, the pathogen dies.”