ARCI, Vehant Technologies co-develop UV baggage scan for Covid-19 disinfection


The International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST), and Vehant Technologies, Noida have co-developed KritiScan, UV Baggage Disinfection System.

The compact UVC conveyor system can efficiently disinfect the baggage passing through the conveyor within a few seconds and is suitable for use in airports, railway and bus stations, hotels, commercial and private establishments for rapid disinfection of baggage.

UVC-based disinfection systems are known for their rapid disinfection capability, and the process is dry and chemical-free. UVC irradiation at 254 nm is known for its germicidal properties where no chemical residues are left behind. UVC light, when irradiated on an infected surface, quickly disrupts the genetic material in the virus and thus inhibits its multiplication.

The Kritiscan UV advanced baggage disinfecting system has a specially designed motorized conveyor to guide the baggage into the disinfection tunnel.

G. Padmanabhan, Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) said, “ARCI with its experience in UVC-based disinfection systems provided inputs such as UV dosage levels and guidance in mapping the UVC intensities in the disinfection tunnel. Vehant Technologies has been able to develop KritiScan UVC system in record time.”

“Since baggage of the passengers can be a medium of the infection spread, we have jointly developed KritiScan UV Baggage Disinfection system with ARCI,” said Kapil Bardeja, CEO and Co-Founder, Vehant Technologies, said.

“A slew of innovations such as this are making travel safe in the time of virus while fully addressing the health concerns,” said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

Systems can be deployed as per baggage size with various tunnel sizes for different purposes and locations and each model type being able to operate at different conveyor speeds. The system can efficiently disinfect the baggage within 8 seconds as compared to standard hand-held disinfection techniques.





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