The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the aviation industry with a majority of airports shut down and changing operations in accordance with recommended health guidelines to keep travelers safe. A new robotic innovation is helping airports keep facilities clean and combat COVID-19.
This $125,000 germ-zapping LightStrike robot kills COVID-19 and is being made in a Waukegan factory. https://t.co/Ys9ne0pdiv
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 26, 2020
The first LightStrike robot to be featured in a major airport at San Antonio International Airport in Texas and other airports are starting to consider investing in this UV light sanitizer device. The UV light robot was created by Xenex and is an expensive investment with LightStrike models costing $125,000.
This investment might be considered expensive but will help promote more travel after the steep decline of travel during the initial COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year. Xenex disclosed that the robot business has increased 600 percent since the beginning of the pandemic and this technology can also be applied to other travel-related industries.
The LightStrike can be used in hotels, professional sports facilities, theme parks, health facilities, and more. The robot is 43 inches tall that needs to be pushed along by an operator for the robot to reach the targeted areas.
The infection disease epidemiologist and chief scientific officer, Mark Stibich, explains the LightStrike robot utilizes powerful bursts of UV light to combat viruses on surfaces within a 7-foot 360-degree radius around the robot. The LightStike uses a powerful xenon UV-C light source that damages RNA and DNA viruses in minutes.