October 13, 2021

UVDRobot Supermarket400x275Denmark’s UVD Robots has announced a global partnership agreement with OCC Commercial Consulting to help bring its UV-C disinfection robots to supermarkets, food service and retail environments. The company also announced receiving a second order of 100 robots from the European Commission, following a 200-robot order in November 2020.

The partnership enables OCC to deploy UVD Robots to autonomously disinfect store spaces, including shelves, aisles and checkout areas, providing infection prevention using germicidal UV-C lighting equipment against viruses and bacteria on surfaces and in the air, which kills more than 99.99% of microorganisms, including SARS-CoV2 (coronaviruses) and E.Coli, the company said.

UVD Robots said the average consumer spends about 60 hours per year grocery shopping, in environments that may harbor different germ colonies, including shopping carts, refrigerator doors, and produce. A study showed that grocery store carts have 361 times more bacteria than a bathroom door knob, with 75% of germs found on those carts considered harmful to humans. Refrigerator doors can have as much as 1,235 times more bacteria than a cell phone, and one of the most common types of bacteria found on these doors is resistant to antibiotics.

“Disinfecting retail environments is the perfect job for UVD Robots as they can effortlessly navigate aisles after-hours,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics, the manufacturer of UVD Robots.

Initially, OCC Commercial Consulting said it will focus on deploying UVD Robots in the German markets, but is planning to expand into the rest of Europe. “We are excited to provide UV disinfection robots with autonomous mobility to a market in great need,” said Salvatore Orto, founder of OCC Commercial Consulting, which has supplied the food and beverage sector with technology solutions for more than 30 years. “Supermarkets must make their employees and customers feel confident that all that can be done to keep them safe and healthy is being done.”

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Based on preset schedules and mapped routes, UVD Robots can decontaminate an estimated 700 square meters in about one hour, enabling rapid disinfection of typical retail layouts without requiring staff on site to administer it. Disinfecting supermarkets with UV-C lights is not a new concept, but the company said existing solutions, which include stationary disinfection systems, UV ceiling lights and air purifiers do not offer complete disinfection, such as reaching shadowed or remote areas. The company said the UVD Robot solves the challenges of shadowing and repositioning, which have previously hindered the comprehensive application of UV-C disinfection, while providing 24/7 access to real-time compliance and efficacy reports of the disinfection process.

Originally designed to fight hospital acquired infections (HAI) in hospitals, UVD Robots are now sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, and have been deployed on educational campuses and facilities, healthcare facilities, airports, hotels, sports complexes, railways, shopping malls, food companies, cruise ships, pharmaceutical companies, and office complexes. “We look forward to partnering with OCC to help the retail sector quickly address COVID-19 contamination concerns while supporting long-term strategies for more effective infection prevention,” said Per Juul Nielsen, CEO of UVD Robots.

For more details on UVD Robots, visit its website here.