DIH-HERO announced the awarded solutions of the healthcare robotics call to support the fight against COVID-19. LRA Member’s “Rubedos” is one of the winners with their Disinfection Solution.
Kaunas-based Lithuanian robotics company and a member of the Lithuanian Robotics Association, Rubedo Systems, is designing a globally unique disinfection robot that will help fight the COVID-19 coronavirus by autonomously killing up to 99,9% of viruses, germs and bacteria. With this solution, Rubedos have successfully participated at the DIH-HERO Call for healthcare robotics and, among other 9 applicants (out of 146), have been awarded with financing.
Together with its extensive European network of Robotics in Healtchare, DIH-HERO decided to support the fight against COVID-19 by providing €1,000,000 for robotic technologies that can be deployed timely, in order to support healthcare professionals and save lives by satisfying a current clinical demand or need.
Outstanding work has been performed with reference to innovative, stimulating, and impactful robotic solutions and clinical connections: 146 applications were submitted within one week.
DIH-Hero Call Organizers.
During a very short period for applications, DIH-HERO has received 146 proposals, 9 out of which were awarded. Find them below:
Coronavirus has thrust disinfection robots into the spotlight
Several teams of university researchers and vendors have claimed that their systems can help limit the spread of infection by reducing the need for human staffers to clean surfaces in healthcare facilities and other public spaces. These disinfection methods include ultraviolet light and spraying chemicals.
However, Rubedos has designed an autonomous mobile robot that sprays vapor with a disinfection method that is better and unique in multiple ways. First, this method is superior to UV and other sprayers because it leaves no residue, can be used on medical equipment and can get into hard-to-reach surfaces. Second, it contains a bullet-proof disinfection technology that is harmless to the environment.
One can find lots of disinfection approaches on the market, but many of them lack a scientific background and certification. That is the main strength of our solution since it uses a scientific approach and focuses on safety of infrastructure and individuals involved.
Dainius Rakauskas, CEO at Rubedos
Rubedos technology utilizes ionized hydrogen peroxide mist spray, which is non-toxic and leaves no residual deposits on disinfected surfaces other than water vapor and oxygen. It is non-corrosive, friendly to various materials, and does not damage medical equipment and computers. Also, it eradicates 99.9999% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including SARS-CoV-2 and the room becomes virtually sterile. The innovation of the solution lies not in the individual standard components, but the integration of said components for the particular robotic use-case. Additionally, the solution is equipped with the Rubedos VIPER visual perception system so the machine can detect people and avoid spraying disinfection directly at them. When the disinfection process is complete, the robot returns to the terminal charging station and stays put until the next disinfection round. The operator can command the robot to disinfect a specific target area at any particular time.
DIH-HERO is an independent platform which connects Digital Innovation Hubs across Europe to create a sustaining network for all those who are active in the healthcare robotics sector. The project consortium consists of 17 core partners spread across 11 pan-European countries.
Rubedo Systems develops unmanned missioning and computer vision solutions for industrial applications since 2009. The company provides hardware, software and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment and fleet operation. Rubedo can convert customer selected vehicle platforms into robotic systems.