Bristol-based charity, the St Monica Trust, is using robotic vacuums in the communal areas of its retirement village, the Chocolate Quarter, in Keynsham. The robots are supplied by The Perfect Little Company, an Oxfordshire-based business that has developed a simple but effective system for managing multiple robots. The robotic vacuum cleaners (called Abbees) come in sets of 10 housed in a Hive, perfect for large scale commercial cleaning. The Hive is a trolley ideal for transportation, storage and easy charging.
Paul Gould, head of facilities at the St Monica Trust, said: “We use the Abbees to vacuum the lengthy corridors and communal areas within our independent living section in the Chocolate Quarter. The team set the Abbees off during the night and collect them before the morning activities begin. This ensures no disruption to our residents as the Abbees are substantially quieter than a regular vacuum and we are finding it favourable to having trailing cables from the old traditional equipment.”
Karen Hedderwick, catering and housekeeping team leader, said: “Our residents' safety is incredibly important to us. The Abbees help us to vacuum a large area to a high standard during the quietest times within the home. If residents do come out into the lit corridors the Abbees are a fantastic bright colour and their infrared ensures they do not bump into any feet.”
Michael Richardson, managing director of The Perfect Little Company (TPLC), said: “We're incredibly pleased that our patented Hive system has found a beneficial home at the Chocolate Quarter. The robots are incredibly versatile and often have additional benefits in premises like this such as increasing safety, further improving standards and creating minimum disturbance to its residents.”