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Robotics and AI introduced at London Luton Airport

Published 4th September, 2020 by Neil Nixon

Robotics and AI introduced at London Luton Airport

Luton Airport (LLA) has become the first airport in the UK to receive certification from the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation programme, which provides airports with an assessment of how well their health measures align with worldwide standards and industry best practices.

Working alongside Sasse and ICE, Luton Airport has introduced innovative robotic cleaning and sanitising equipment into its daily cleaning operations, which has contributed to the accreditation and means that passengers and staff can be confident of the utmost cleanliness and hygiene levels throughout the airport.

With the introduction of the Co-Botics range, supplied by ICE, a partnership between automated robotics and human operatives has allowed Sasse to completely redesign its cleaning concept at Luton Airport. A significant number of hours were previously consumed with operatives using scrubber dryers. Now, with the introduction of automated robotics, vast areas of the airports flooring are cleaned whilst unsupervised. The digital link between the Co-Botics technology and onsite supervisor allows the cleaning operatives to communicate via a smartphone. Once cleaning is complete, a report is generated for complete transparency whilst the Co-Botic machines await further instruction.

Shannon Murnane, office manager for Sasse at LLA, said: “The introduction of Co-Botics at LLA is a smart and advanced move for Sasse and the cleaning operation at London Luton Airport. This innovative technology is here to assist the cleaners who continue to refocus their attention on high value tasks such as washroom hygiene and the cleaning of touchpoints. This is a first for aviation in the UK, and is a helpful technology which I would hope to see implemented in further areas in the future. The time spent implementing the Co-Botics into LLA has also been instrumental in achieving increased hygiene standards, and has had a positive impact on passengers and airport staff feeling more secure in the current climate.”

Mark Bresnihan, managing director of ICE, said: “We would like to congratulate LLA and Sasse on their accreditation and are delighted that they share our vision and long-standing belief in the benefits that automated cleaning can bring. To clean as we have always cleaned will not be good enough as the world around us changes and we are always looking for ways to innovate and develop. Facilities service providers must achieve more, both in terms of productivity and quality, without compromising financial budgets. Therefore, we share the belief with Sasse that investment in automated cleaning is not just pioneering, but essential for future cleaning.”

To see how Sasse and Luton Airport have worked with ICE to be the first UK airport to incorporate Co-Botics into their cleaning operations, please click here.

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