In a continuously evolving world, innovative and emerging technology is constantly advancing and being utilised to improve our everyday life. The population is in endless need – particularly now in a COVID-19 conscious society – of new ways to protect our health and safety. This is relevant for all aspects of trade, travel and ways of life.

There is an emerging technology that is influencing a new direction for the health and safety of passengers and crew on aircrafts – utilising robotics and the latest in germicidal ultraviolet technology. Read on to learn more about the emerging technology of robotics in the sanitation of aircrafts.

What is the emerging technology?

The emerging technology is a unique combination of innovative robotic engineering and the latest in germicidal ultraviolet technology. The technology disinfects the cabins of the aircraft using short wave (245nm) ultraviolet light – making use of the light’s germicidal properties.

Traditionally, the cleaning methods that have been employed in aircrafts are labour intensive and use chemicals. The introduction of robotics in the sanitation of aircrafts and germicidal ultraviolet technology means that the sanitation process is more efficient and without human contact – eliminating the risk of further contamination or re-contamination.

What is germicidal ultraviolet technology?

A germicidal light is an electric light that produces ultraviolet C (UV-C). The short-wave UV-C that this new emerging technology executes disrupts DNA base pairing, creating a formation of pyrimidine dimers that inactivate bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

In layman’s terms – germicidal UV-C produces a light that destroys bacteria, viruses and protozoa that it comes into contact with. To date there is no known pathogen or bacteria that is resilient to the germicidal ultraviolet technology that these robotics produce.

How does the emerging technology work?

The innovative robotics that are being used for the sanitation of aircrafts are manufactured to disinfect aircraft cabins both autonomously and by remote control. They have built in disinfection protocols for individual aircraft – which can be mapped and selected through a remote operator tablet.

The disinfection process of an entire aircraft is typically done within 12 minutes – adhering to the tight schedule of airlines by providing a quick, rapid disinfection.

In the same way that UV-C is harmful to bacteria – it is also harmful to humans as well. These new robotics in the sanitation of aircrafts are installed with human detection algorithms that initiates a system shutdown when a human is detected. Ensuring the safety of people who may incidentally encounter it.



Baird Technology develops and provides innovative emerging technology to industries all over the world. Our very own germicidal disinfection robot – the Air Angel – is just one of many innovative robotics in the sanitation of aircrafts.

For more information on ways our emerging technology can benefit you and your industry, contact us through our website at www.bairdtechnology.com/contact-us.