A Madison man’s company is fighting Covid using automated robots shooting out ultra-violet (UV) light to kill germs.
“High schools like Germantown, Madison central could really use these machines,” said Tony Gines, owner of UVC CDE sanitation services.
The machines are fully autonomous sanitizing machines, which use ultraviolet light to break down the genetic structure of pathogens, preventing them from spreading.
“We sell or service hospital grade UVC sanitation units. We have about 500 robots outside of the United states. When the Covid hit in China they bought 100 units from us and used them,” explained Gines.
Hospitals have been using ultraviolet lights to clean hospitals for over 100 years. In 2018, Gines’ company redesigned the machines to be fully autonomous and affordable for schools and other institutions.
“They map the area and then they clean it, just like a Roomba,” explained Gines.
Jackson State University already purchased 4 of the machines. Gines stressed that the robots do not get rid of janitorial jobs.
“Until Covid, one major aspect of janitorial service was to wipe things down. Now they’re spraying chemicals. So they’re risking both catching Covid and being harmed by the cleaning chemicals they use.”
Hospitals have used UVC technology for over 100 years. Gines’ company makes a top end $100,000 machine for hospitals and a more basic unit for about $30,000.
Service plans start around $150-$550 and square footage costs of 35 cents to 50 cents.