UVD UV (Disinfection) Robots is a robotics company developing robotic equipment for the healthcare industry for preventing hospital acquired infections that is headquartered in Odense, Denmark and was founded in 2016 by John Erland Østergaard and Blue Ocean Robotics. UVD Robots work by incorporating UV germicidal industrial solutions to eradicate harmful pathogens and superbugs present within healthcare environments.
The company originated from a joint project in 2014 between Blue Ocean Robotics, Odense University Hospital OUH, and other hospitals in Denmark to develop a prototype for a UV-Disinfection Robot. The UV-Disinfection Robot was made for preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) to benefit patients, hospital staff, and lower healthcare costs.
UVD Robots are clinically tested and verified by Melbec Microbiology, OUH Odense University Hospital, and the Danish Technological institute. Each UVD robots has a 360 degree disinfection coverage, a battery charge time of 3 hours, an operating time per charge for disinfection of between 2-2.5 hours (equal to disinfecting about 9-10 rooms) and a running time of up to 8 hours as a mobile platform, can move up to 5.4 km/hr, possesses wi-fi connectivity and support from a native software application, a UV light emitter using 254NM (UV-C light), a total weight of 140 kg, and built-in sensor and software based safety features with an emergency stop button.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), UVD Robots has provided disinfection robots to hospitals in China to help fight the virus. The robots are equipped with ultraviolet light which can disinfect and kill viruses and bacteria autonomously. They are designed to protect hospital staff, and to reduce the spread of infections. The concentrated UV-C light emitted by the robots has a germicidal effect which works on all microorganisms in the air and on the surfaces in the room the robot is in. UVD Robots provided robots for over two-thousand hospitals.
The company sells their ultraviolet, self-driving, disinfectant robots in over forty countries. They look to provide for European country states, as well as the United States during the COVID-19 outbreak.