Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) has declared that it’s adopting latest cleaning technologies at Hong Kong International airport (HKIA) in its efforts to safeguard passengers and airport employees from COVID-19. The technologies include disinfection channels, antimicrobial coating and autonomous cleaning robots.
Steven Yiu, Deputy Director, Service Delivery of the AA, said: “The safety and wellbeing of airport employees and passengers are forever our first priority. although air traffic has been impacted by the pandemic, the AA spares no effort in guaranteeing that the airport is a safe environment for all users. we’ll continue to check out new measures to reinforce our cleaning and disinfection work.”
Full-body disinfection channel facility
Hong Kong International airport (HKIA) has become the first airport to trial a new full-body disinfection channel facility, called “CleanTech”, in live operation. staff using the facility will have their temperature checked before entering an enclosed channel for the 40-second disinfection and sanitizing procedures.
The interior surface of the channel is supplied with an antimicrobial coating which can remotely kill viruses and bacteria on human bodies and clothing by using the technologies of photocatalyst and nanoneedles. Sanitizing spray is additionally applied for instant disinfection. The channel is kept under negative pressure to stop cross-contamination between the outside and inside the environment. Currently, the facility is designated for use by employees who take part in public health and quarantine duties at the airport in relation to arriving passengers.
Autonomous cleaning robots
Autonomous cleaning robots are also deployed to make sure thorough disinfection of public areas and passenger facilities in HKIA. Intelligent Sterilization robot, equipped with ultraviolet light sterilizer and air sterilizer, is deployed around-the-clock in public bathrooms and key operating areas within the terminal building. The robot will move around autonomously and sterilize up to 99.99% of bacteria in its vicinity, including both the air and object surfaces, in just ten minutes.
Moreover, the airport is additionally cdonducting a pilot test of applying antimicrobial coating at all passenger facilities. an invisible coating to destroy germs, bacteria and viruses is applied to high-touch surfaces within the terminal, including handles and seats of automated people Movers and passenger buses, smart check-in kiosks and check-in counters, toilets, seating area in the terminal, baggage trolleys, elevator buttons, and more. after completion of the trial in may, AA will consider implementing it as a long-term disinfection measure.