DRDO develops 2 new products to combat COVID-19

New Delhi (NVI): Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) introduced two new products today to enable COVID-19 disinfection process in public places.

DRDO has been coming up with several solutions on the basis of its technology experience to help the country in fighting against the pandemic.

The two new products from its arsenal include an Automatic Mist Based Sanitiser Dispensing Unit and UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device.

The automatic mist based sanitiser dispensing unit has been introduced by the Centre for Fire Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi, Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

It is a contactless sanitiser dispenser that sprays alcohol-based hand rub sanitiser solution for sanitisation of hands while entering the buildings or office. It is based on water mist aerator technology.

The unit operates without contact and is activated through an ultrasonic sensor. A single fluid nozzle with low flow rate is used to generate aerated mist to dispense the hand rub sanitiser.

It sanitises the hands with minimum wastage. Using an atomiser, only 5-6 ml sanitiser is released for 12 seconds in one operation and it gives the full cone spray over both palms so that the disinfection operation of hands is complete.

It is a very compact unit and bulk fill option makes it an economical and long-lasting product. It is easy to install the system as wall-mountable or on a platform. As an indication of operation, an LED illuminates the spray.

The unit was manufactured with the help of M/s Riot Labz Pvt Ltd, Noida, and one unit has been installed at DRDO Bhawan. The unit can be used for sanitisation of hands at entry and exit to hospitals, malls, office buildings, residential buildings, airports, metro stations, railway stations, bus stations and critical installations. The product is also expected to be very useful for entry/ exit of isolation and quarantine centres, the MoD said in a statement.

The second product – UV Sanitisation Box and Hand-held UV device developed by Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) and  DRDO  laboratories in Delhi.

It consists of a shorter, more energetic wavelength of light. It is particularly good at destroying genetic material in COVID-19.

The UV-C box kills microbes quickly, sanitisation of the items by employing UV-C light avoids the harmful effects of the chemicals used for the disinfection. It is designed for disinfecting personal belongings like mobile phone, tablets, purse, currency, etc.

The virus will be deactivated by using UVC lamps in one minute placed equi-distantly in a box with UV dose of 100 mJ/cm2. The UV lamps used in the sanitisation box also emits 185 nm.

The hand-held device having eight watt UV-C lamp disinfects office and household objects with an exposure of 45 second, MoD said.