Badger Technologies Launches Disinfection Robot for Grocery Stores
February 2, 2021
Badger Technologies has announced its Badger UV Disinfect robot, an autonomous ultraviolet disinfecting robot designed to combat COVID-19 and high-risk pathogens commonly found in grocery, food-service and retail environments. The robot is equipped with advanced UV-C technology developed by UltraViolet Devices (UVDI), a provider of air and surface disinfection solutions.
The company said early testing of the new robot with UVDI’s 254nm UVC-technology indicates 99% and greater inactivation of coronaviruses, E.coli, Salmonella enterica and Influenza A. Testing results also show that the Badger UV robot can decontaminate 40,000 square feet in about two hours, including store shelves, aisles and checkout areas.
“We’re proud to work with Badger Technologies to advance store safety combining globally trusted technologies in ultraviolet disinfection and robotics,” said Peter Veloz, CEO of UltraViolet Devices. “Together, we can provide enhanced surface disinfection in public spaces with a self-navigating, autonomous UV disinfecting solution that’s proven effective and simple for retailers to implement safely.”
UVDI’s technology is used by more than 1,000 hospitals in more than 25 countries, the company said. Its indoor air-quality solutions are also in use at more than 10,000 international commercial sites.
“Disinfecting retail stores is an ideal job for our robots as they can navigate aisles effortlessly,” said TIm Rowland, CEO of Badger Technologies. “We’re pleased to work with UVDI to help grocers and retailers quickly address COVID-19 contamination concerns while supporting long-term strategies for more effective infection prevention in retail environments.”
The Badger UV Disinfect Robot joins the company’s other robot, the Retail InSight robot, a shelf-scanning robot that addresses out-of-stock, planogram compliance and price integrity issues, and Badger’s Retail InSpect robot, a floor-scanning robot that automates hazard detections, such as spilled liquids and other debris. The company said it has deployed more than 500 robots throughout the U.S. and Australia.