KEY WEST WEATHER

Robot Enhances Airport Cleaning


  • December 10, 2020
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UVD Robot
The Key West International Airport is the first Florida airport to implement a new autonomous robot that eradicates 99.9% of pathogens (inclusive of COVID-19), and disinfects the air using ultraviolet technology. The robot works on a molecular level to destroy the DNA of the virus so that it cannot replicate.
 
Key West International Airport partnered with Florida based iP Program (a division of Gallo Medical) as it looked at various solutions available to meet the disinfecting needs of all touchpoints inclusive of the air where viruses live and thrive.
 
“We are thrilled to work with Key West International Airport to demonstrate how UV technology can truly revolutionize disinfecting public spaces in record time without the need for harsh chemicals. The FDA, WHO and FEMA endorsed UVC as an effective germicidal treatment that destroys, kills and inactivates microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and fungi,” said Christine Gallo, President of iP Program a division of Gallo Medical.
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Airport has taken multiple efforts to help mitigate the threat of the COVID-19 virus. These efforts included deep cleaning and an increased frequency of high traffic areas and touch points; mask and social distancing signage; mandating and providing masks for all personnel and users of the Airport; the purchase of all new seating for comfortable social distancing; a departure terminal expansion for additional space and state of the art restrooms; anti-microbial and touchless dispenser and fixtures; and installation of hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility.
 
“UV technology is another fantastic disinfection tool to rid surfaces of COVID-19 currently on the market,” said Richard Strickland, Sr. Director of Airports, of Key West International Airport. “Our continued commitment to the health and safety of all of our guests as well as our employees has to come first.”