YOTEL Boston’s housekeeping team welcomed a new member. A team of robotics professionals then unpacked the employee, a tall cleaning bot nicknamed “Vi-YO-Let.”
After understanding the property’s floor plan, Vi-YO-Let (pronounced like “violet”), began cleaning and became one of the first ultraviolet bots to arrive in a United States hotel. Vi-YO-Let is mostly plastic and does not have an official gender or even a personality. Nonetheless, the manager of the hotel, Trish Berry, refers to the bot as a “She”.
Vi-YO-Let is the product of a partnership with Denmark-based UVD Robots. And the bot has an extremely serious job of disinfecting the air and surfaces of the hotel. Her arrays of UV lights kill more than 99 percent of viruses and bacteria, including the coronavirus.
Other Robots used for Sanitizing
Moreover several other hotels have implemented robotics technology for room services and cleaning. Robots working in hotels have proved to be handy for the housekeeping services. Rosé—a social distancing ambassador has been appointed at the Hotel Trio in Healdsburg, California (a Marriott hotel). Rosé is willing to bring the customers anything, either in-house or via a complimentary shopping service—wine, pillows, pet treats, towels, and groceries. After each delivery, the robot is sanitized thoroughly.
Sister properties Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton in California are also using the Xenex LightStrike robots. These robots will stay in all the rooms for about eight to ten minutes and clean public restrooms, elevators, kitchens, meeting rooms, and disinfect luggage.
Additional robots can be found across:
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
- Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/Century Blvd
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
- H Hotel Los Angeles
- Curio Collection by Hilton
- Residence Inn by Marriott Beverly Hills
- AC Hotel by Marriott Beverly Hills
New Touchless Sterilization Robot
The new CIRQ+CLEAN touchless sterilization robot is designed by the renowned cloud-based platform CIRQ+. The Cbot is a touchless sterilization innovation that acts as a non-toxic disinfecting solution.
The Cbot has been developed with the most up-to-date approvals by the EPA and kills coronavirus and other pathogens on hard, non-porous surfaces. For cleaning the empty hotel rooms the robot will circumnavigate and dispense an electrostatically-charged disinfectant on surfaces and areas missed by manual cleaning or UV light methods. After the thorough cleaning of the room, housekeepers can enter to complete the routine cleaning. The Cbot sprays down the room again before the guest enters.