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Technology  DeKonBot – Mobile robot for cleaning and disinfecting potentially contaminated surfaces


Keyword(s) COVID-19hygienedisinfectionrobot
Author(s) Birgit Graf


"DeKonBot" is the prototype of a cleaning and disinfection robot for potentially contaminated surfaces in buildings such as door handles, light switches or elevator buttons. While other cleaning robots often spray the cleaning agents over a large area, DeKonBot autonomously identifies the surface to be cleaned. For this purpose, image processing methods as well as a newly developed sensor are used, which is even capable of reliably detecting the position of metallic and reflective objects. DeKonBot carries out a wipe disinfection of the relevant surfaces so that both possible soiling is removed and existing germs are killed. In contrast to widespread systems that use UV light for disinfection, DeKonBot can be used safely among humans. To prepare the robot for its first usage, the operating personnel must teach the robot once. After that, the cleaning robot acts autonomously. The prototype is the joint result of the IPA departments Robot and Assistive Systems, Laboratory Automation and Biomanufacturing Engineering, and Ultraclean Technology and Micromanufacturing. The project is funded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's internal program "Anti-Corona". Until the end of the project in February 2021, the robot will be further optimized technically and in terms of its readiness for series production. ``` ```




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Name Birgit Graf
Organization Fraunhofer IPA
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