New Delhi: The Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Ultra Violet (UV) Disinfection
Tower for quick, chemical-free sanitization of high infection prone areas, vital
for containing the Covid-19 spread.
The ‘UV Blaster’ is designed and developed
by Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC), the Delhi-based laboratory
of India’s premier defence research facility.
“The equipment can be used for quick sanitization
of places frequented by people in large numbers such airports, shopping malls,
metros, hotels, factories, offices etc. It can be also used for disinfecting high
tech surfaces like electronic equipment, computers and other gadgets in
laboratories and offices that cannot be sanitized with chemical methods,” the
Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The UV based area sanitiser may be used by
remote operation through laptop or mobile phone using wi-fi link. The equipment
has six lamps each with 43 watts of UV-C power at 254 nm wavelength for 360
degree illumination. For a room of about 12 x 12 feet dimension, the
disinfection time is just 10 minutes and 30 minutes for 400 square feet area.
The sanitiser gets automatically switched
off upon accidental opening of room or human intervention.
The DRDO has contributed much to the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic by developing products such as Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory, cost-effective ventilators, personal protective equipment kits and mobile medical oxygen plants among others.