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Embassy Group’s independent arm, Embassy Services Pvt. Ltd (ESPL), in partnership with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), launched the first of its kind drone disinfection drive in Mumbai on June 22. The event was launched by Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray and Mayor Kishori Pednekar.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradeep Lala, Managing Director & CEO, Embassy Services said, “Using technology to elevate the world through integrated facility management has always been one of the key drivers of our organisation’s success. We take pride in leading this initiative in collaboration with BMC and look forward to working on similar initiatives.”
The drone disinfection method is used for disinfecting mosquito breeding grounds and sites of other vector-borne diseases in areas that are usually inaccessible. These drones can fly over 500-metre high for a period of 12 hours with a payload of more than 15 litres of disinfectant. They are capable of covering an area of over 50 acres in a single day.
The team at ESPL’s Technique Control Facility Management (TCFM) assembled the microbial disinfection kit for hoisting by an industrial drone. Termed aerial microbial disinfection, chemical tanks are hoisted to spray from an aerial view thus covering a large area and saving time.
The technology can also be used to combat the COVID-19 virus in high-density areas with limited accessibility. The chemicals used such as Virex II 256, Vecon (sodium hypochlorite) Viroff, Pursue, and Lysol solution have proven to be highly effective against 65 strains of viruses from over 19 viral families, 400 strains of bacteria and over 100 strains of fungi.
Integrated facility management organisations will play an important role in the future of space management, where hygiene and sanitisation will be of paramount importance.