A unique Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) based room disinfection device “UV SAFE” developed by IIT Ropar researchers in India has been deployed at Dubai Sports City to ensure the safety of IPL players.
The disinfection device ensures Zero-shadow 360-degree disinfection through its prismatic body and foldable wings. The specially designed wings provide exposure to the frequently touched surfaces like as door knobs, table tops, cupboards, room fixtures, wall corners, work tops, artefacts, furniture tops etc.
The product was designed at IIT Ropar by Khushboo Rakha an assistant professor of metallurgical and materials engineering along with a team consisting senior scientific officer Naresh Rakha and design consultant Shahriar Reza.
Khushboo says, “The device was developed following a consulting project by Noida-based Momentum India. The company had some specific dimensions and we conceptualized and designed it. The device disinfects 200 square feet of area within six minutes and it kills all active viruses and bacteria including coronavirus up to 99.99%.” She adds that the device costs around Rs 1.5 lakh exclusive of taxes.
Apart from Dubai sports city employing it, the device has also been rented by the IPL team Mumbai Indians for its premises being used abroad. Before being introduced in the market, it was tested by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) — lab run by FICCI Research and Analysis Center.
The products design has been patented. Khushboo says, “since March when the coronavirus gripped India, she along with her team mates Shahriar Reza and Prof Naresh Rakha have accomplished several innovative solutions, starting with designing and prototyping the UV trunk. Then designing and commercialising UV-C disinfection devices for industrial and household applications; UV disinfection box, a portable document and bank note disinfection device.”