OTSAW wins Robotics Award at SBR TEA 2021

The company is lauded for developing the world's first-ever autonomous, LED UV-C Disinfection Robot. This brings it to the frontline of healthcare, by developing new and effective ways to combat bacteria including COVID-19. taking a environmentally pro-active approach to abstain from using mercury and its related products.

Local robotics manufacturer OTSAW Digital Pte. Ltd., a global pioneer in advanced robotics technologies and next-generation artificial intelligence for healthcare, security, delivery and mobility applications, bagged the Robotics Award for commercial real estate trust in Singapore Business Review's Technology Excellence Awards 2021.

In the last year, retailers and businesses - especially the retail and airline industries - have been hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak, the demand and frequency of disinfection has sharply increased and is a mandatory process in Singapore malls to prevent the spread of the virus.

With disinfection being a key requirement for establishments during the pandemic, YTL Starhill Global REIT engaged OTSAW to help solve their disinfection obstacles, that included labour shortage, safety and environmental concerns. OTSAW responded to the challenge by creating the O-RX, the world's first autonomous, disinfection robot to utilise only UV-C LED light for sanitising and protecting against viruses and bacteria.

The O-RX is capable of autonomously docking, charging, navigating and disinfecting up to 4000 sq.-ft per hour. Safety features built into the robot include a 360-degree camera that is used to disable the LED lights when a human is detected. Sensors for obstacle avoidance are also included.

In comparison to other disinfection robots using traditional mercury lamps, the advanced UV-C LED technology in the O-RX, has been tested to be 70% more energy-efficient and is equipped with state-of-the-art heat management and cooling systems to help counter the heat that is being emitted from the high-intensity LED modules in the robot. It is safer and non-cancerous to human skin and will not emit harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation that causes UV radiation skin burn.

O-RX has been successfully lab-tested against live human coronavirus samples, achieving a disinfection efficacy of 99.9% within 5 minutes, at a range of 2.5 meters on 21 August 2020. With certification by an internally accredited certification provider, TÜV SÜD PSB Singapore, the O-RX has been proven to achieve 99.99% disinfection in the killing of Escherichia Coli Bacteria within ten minutes, at a range of 2.5 meters on 9 June 2020.

The Technology Excellence Awards, presented by Singapore Business Review, was held via studio award presentations and video conferencing sessions throughout the second and third week of April.

This year’s nominations were judged by a panel consisting of Daryl Pereira, Head of Cyber at KPMG; Cheang Wai Keat, Partner, Consulting at Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.; Henry Tan, Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Nexia TS; Sivakumar Saravan, Senior Partner at Crowe Singapore; Cecil Su, Director, Head of Cybersecurity of BDO Singapore.

If you would like to join the 2022 awards and be acclaimed for your company’s exceptional technological innovations, please email Jane Patiag at [email protected].

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