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BIUST AND BDF COLLABORATE TO DISINFECT PUBLIC AREAS USING DRONS

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13 Apr, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, BIUST has joined hands with the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) to use drones to disinfect open public spaces. The air disinfection by drone is intended to work in collaboration with manual disinfection by humans that targets ground surfaces. Drone sprayer is developed by Simulation, Machine Learning and Techno-preneurship Laboratory (SMaRT Lab)

The drone carries 1.5 litres of 0.5% sodium hypochlorite that can disinfect an air volume of around 3,000 cubic meters, that is, a land area of 600 metres squared at the height of five metres, or a land area of 300 square metres at a height of 10 metres. The total time needed to uniformly disinfect the air volume of 3,000 cubic metres is around 30 minutes. Disinfection process is performed by mixing tiny droplets of the disinfectant released from the drone sprayer with aerosol in the air that may contain the virus. 

Read the press release at www.biust.ac.bw