Key West International becomes first Florida airport to introduce autonomous cleaning robot

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Key West International Airport has become the first airport in Florida to implement a new autonomous cleaning robot that is claimed to eradicate 99.9% of pathogens and also disinfects the air around it using ultraviolet technology.

The airport partnered with Florida-based iP Program to assess the various solutions available to meet its disinfecting needs for all touchpoints. “We are thrilled to work with Key West International Airport to demonstrate how UV technology can truly revolutionize disinfecting public spaces in record time without the need for harsh chemicals. The FDA, WHO and FEMA endorsed UVC as an effective germicidal treatment that destroys, kills and inactivates microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and fungi,” said Christine Gallo, president of iP Program, a division of Gallo Medical.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the airport notes it has taken multiple steps to help mitigate the threat of the Covid-19 virus, including deep cleaning and increased cleaning frequency of high-traffic areas and touchpoints. It has also purchased all-new seating to facilitate social distancing in its terminal buildings.

“UV technology is another fantastic disinfection tool to rid surfaces of Covid-19,” added Richard Strickland, senior director of airports at Key West International Airport. “Our continued commitment to the health and safety of all of our guests as well as our employees has to come first.”

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