37 robots play a crucial role in bringing New Mexico school students back to the classroom by helping district facilities reach higher levels of disinfection.
Blue Ocean Robotics, manufacturer of UVD Robots, announced today that it is to supply 37 of its robots to 34 schools, two administrative buildings, and one warehouse in New Mexico. The company was selected by the Gallup McKinley County Schools (GMCS) district to use its autonomous UV-C light robots to help fight microorganisms.
“We wanted a larger, longer-term disinfection solution, adding a layer of protection that would disinfect the surfaces in our buildings for years to come,” said Gallup McKinley Superintendent Michael Hyatt.
GMCS is one of the largest geographical school districts in New Mexico, covering a community of many rural areas. These areas face infrastructure issues that make virtual learning a challenge for numerous students. In fact, many students experience internet connection issues and approximately 1,500 students have no internet at home. The district also educates many special education students who learn better in classrooms, making the quick return to in-person instruction a top priority.
“Unlike stationary disinfection robots, the UVD Robot is a mobile, fully autonomous robot. It integrates UV-C light to disinfect against microorganisms and bacteria on surfaces,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. The company was recently included on Fast Company’s Top 10 list of ‘Most Innovative Robotics Companies’ in 2021‘.
”We selected UVD Robots after a rigorous review process of numerous disinfecting robots,” said Hyatt. “UVD Robots delivered on all of our needs and requirements of importance for our district including technical excellence, maturity and track record, quality of approach in deployment, response time in technical support and maintenance, and overall value.”
“We are excited to announce, what we believe is the largest deployment of autonomous disinfection robots in any school district in the country,” said Per Juul Nielsen, CEO at UVD Robots. “The autonomous UV light is a highly effective, chemical-free method that disinfects and reaches surfaces in a room, saving considerable labor through continuously repositioning versus stationary UV disinfection methods.”
Students from GMCS’ Twin Lakes School participated in a robot naming contest to help improve school spirit and morale. Three finalists were selected and the winner was announced. The school’s robot will now be known as Mr. Fox.
UVD Robots are now deployed in the U.S. in educational campuses and facilities, the healthcare sector, airports, hotels, sports complexes, railways, shopping malls, food companies, cruise ships, pharmaceutical companies, and office complexes. UVD Robots even helped disinfect One Buc Place, the facility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winners of the 2020 Super Bowl. UVD Robots are in more than 60 countries worldwide, meeting new and heightened expectations for safety and cleanliness.
UVD Robots is a Danish company based in Odense, Denmark, and works to provide efficient and automated disinfection solutions
Blue Ocean Robotics develops, produces and sells professional service robots. TIts robot portfolio includes UVD Robots, a mobile robot for disinfection, GoBe Robots, a mobile telepresence robot for communication, social inclusion, and CO2 climate improvements, and PTR Robots, a mobile robot for safe patient handling and rehabilitation. Blue Ocean Robotics develops robots from problem-oriented ideas and concepts to real-life functional designs and applicable systems. While each robot line has its own distinct brand name, all robots in the portfolio are developed, produced, and distributed using core technologies and solid business strategies. Blue Ocean Robotics is the world’s first Robot Venture Factory.
Merima Cikotic, Vice President of Marketing & PR at Blue Ocean Robotics
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