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Why autonomous UV disinfection is better than static

In a world with increased focus on the spread of bacteria in the environment, there is a heightened need to work with cleaning and disinfection solutions. One of those that have gained most attention is UV light disinfection using UV-C wavelengths.


As many have already explored the different solutions in UV light and UV disinfection, we often get the question: What is better - autonomous or static systems?

So let’s talk a bit about that.

How does static UV disinfection work?

When using a static UV light disinfection system, a UV robot is manually placed in a room where it will disinfect only in the area close to the robot. 



For the UV light to reach all corners of the room, a person will have to manually move the robot between disinfecting. When repositioning the static UV disinfection system, the operator might introduce microorganisms from outside of the room, risking contaminating the newly disinfected areas. The disinfection time for a room of 40 m2 takes on average 45-60 minutes when using a static or manual UV disinfection system.

Leaving a static UV disinfection system in the middle of a room for a longer period of time will also result in suboptimal efficacy due to distance and shadow limitation. These systems even increase the risk of overexposing surfaces close to the UV light and open up micro cracks and reservoirs for microorganisms to grow on the surfaces.


Limitations on static UV systems

  • Light travels in a straight line
  • The further from the source of light, the lower the efficacy
  • Increased shadowing effect leads to decreased efficacy
  • Increased contamination risk by the operator due to manual repositioning
  • In the EU the cable length must not exceed 2m, preventing sufficient disinfection points


How does autonomous UV light disinfection work?

A room might look clean. But if it’s not properly UV disinfected there is no guarantee the microbes are not lurking in the corners, behind the curtains or on the environmental surfaces.


When using an autonomous UV disinfection system like UVD Robots, it is possible to disinfect an entire room of 40 m2 in just 18-20 minutes. The robot does it all by itself without compromising on thoroughness - reaching all areas of the room.



UVD Robots uses UV-C light to ensure a higher level of disinfection. UV-C germicidal irradiation peaks at 254 nm wavelength.

Autonomous UV-C light robots will free up staff

Contrary to what some might believe the self-driving UV robot does in fact operate with minimal human interaction and is able to free up staff to handle other tasks while the robot is disinfecting.autonomous-disinfection-system

All it needs is to be set up by a tablet app with a map of the room. And then the UVD Robot will remember the room layout and with a few clicks disinfect the room. The UVD Robot saves time for the cleaning staff that only needs to start the disinfection route of the autonomous UV disinfection robot. From here on the staff is freed up to continue with other assignments like preparing the next room for disinfection.

An UV autonomous disinfection system like UVD Robots is safe. A state of the art safety system that ensures immediate stop of disinfection if a person enters the room or area of disinfection.


Sum up - Autonomous vs manual UV?

A static or manual UV light disinfection system requires multiple human interactions along the disinfection cycle to reach indoor room efficacy. Risking contaminating the newly disinfected areas. With an autonomous UV disinfection system like UVD Robots, this disinfection process is automated, ensuring safe and efficient indoor room disinfection, while freeing up staff to handle other tasks.


With UVD Robots you never forget to pay attention to the microbe behind the curtain. The UVD Robots operate autonomously, assuring sufficient irradiation of UV-C light on all surfaces. Fast, efficient, and chemical free solution guaranteeing a higher level of disinfection.