The system has been developed within the framework of the PrevenZAL project

The Sevillian company Airvant and the Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) have developed and incorporated into the Malaga Post (Correos) logistics center a drone to perform Covid-19 disinfection tasks in critical spaces in the logistics sector in a short time and in an automated way.

The system, which has been developed within the framework of the PrevenZAL project, has received funding from the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and has been a technological milestone by constituting an effective solution for future outbreaks that may arise.

During the project, a series of studies, tests and acquisition of equipment related to the flights necessary for the disinfection process have been carried out, as well as all the studies related to the evaluation of air quality, focusing above all on spaces interiors.

The evaluation of air quality in this type of environment was not an initial goal of the project, but the evolution of the pandemic, as well as the interest shown by end users who have closely followed the project, have led to the emergence of these kinds of tasks in it.

In the project, the vision of the logistics sector has been prioritized, with a Consultative Committee made up of port entities and logistics operators that has been in charge of guiding the developments so that they reach the market. For more than a year, the existing relationships between Airvant, a developer company, CATEC, a specialized technology center and end users receiving this type of technology, such as Correos, have been strengthened.

Technological validation

At the Correos facilities in Malaga, a technological validation has been carried out, consisting of the evaluation of air quality from the measurement with the drone, at different points of the logistics center and at different heights. Subsequently, a simulation of a disinfection process based on UV-C was made, in which a drone with an intelligent navigation system carried out the operation.

Thus, the final result is a process by which a measurement of the air quality in the facility is carried out using sensors embedded in the drone, with the aim of guaranteeing a controlled air quality and avoiding atmospheres that allow the proliferation of contagions.

Logistics operators, port authorities and other companies in the sector have monitored the progress of the project, in order to be able to incorporate this type of tools into their operations, in which the drone is a quick way to apply solutions to complex spaces with significant heights, where human intervention is risky or costly.

In this way, PrevenZAL emerges as a key project to increase the interaction between SMEs and research organizations, as well as to promote the creation and consolidation of technology-based companies, which base their growth on intensive activity in R & D + i.