The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has given a relieving news for the country as it developed an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection tower to disinfect highly infection-prone areas in the country. The military’s research and development agency of the central government named this tower as ‘UV Blaster’. The UV Blaster is claimed to be highly effective in disinfecting tech surfaces which are not suitable to be disinfected by chemical disinfectants.
The UV Blaster is developed by DRDO’s Delhi based premiere laboratory, Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC) in collaboration with New Age Instruments and Materials Private Limited, Gurugram. The UV enriched disinfectant has been developed to serve as an alternative to chemical disinfectants which cannot be used on tech products like electronic equipments, computers and other gadgets in the laboratories and offices.
“The UV Blaster is useful for high tech surfaces like electronic equipment, computers and other gadgets in laboratories and offices that are not suitable for disinfection with chemical methods. The product is also effective for areas with a large flow of people such as airports, shopping malls, metros, hotels, factories, offices, etc.” stated the Defence Ministry in it’s statement on Monday, May 4, quoted statement from Defence Ministry.
The UV Blaster offers the option to be operated remotely through devices like laptops and smartphones using WiFi link. The statement from Defence Ministry also stated that the equipment is engineered to automatically switch off when intervened by human body or accidental opening of the door of the room where it is operational for the disinfection purpose.
As for the specifications of the UV based area sanitizer, it packs 6 lamps each with the capacity of 43 watts of UV-C power at 254 nm wavelength for 360-degree illumination. Revealing the capability of the UV Blaster, the statement from Defence Ministry stated that the equipment will take 10 minutes to disinfect 12×12 sq. ft. of area while 30 minutes for a 400 sq. ft. area when the equipment is positioned at different places within the room surface.