New light technology helps to keep our visitors safe

June 24, 2021

Techniquest has announced its commitment to the fight against COVID-19 with the use of state-of-the-art robotic disinfection units to keep its staff and customers safe.

The Evolve Raybotix UV-C Disinfection Robots use UV-C light supported by an ozone generating function for maximum disinfection, giving peace of mind to the public.

The automated machines map their surroundings and kill 99.9 percent of microorganisms on all surfaces by destroying their DNA structures. It’s an environmentally friendly and chemical-free way to quickly and safely eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses. Disinfection takes place in a matter of minutes, making it an incredibly versatile and efficient device for the centre to use in-between visitor sessions.

Techniquest will soon become home to the largest robot in the portfolio called SOL which will make its appearance in July. This model is fully autonomous and can operate independently when areas are closed. The SOL detects obstacles to manoeuvre safely around spaces and can even be programmed to operate lifts where cleaning multiple floors is required.

The attraction is open to the public with full COVID safety measures including three scheduled sessions available to pre-book Friday–Sunday to manage visitor numbers, and deep cleans in-between sessions.

The robot will eventually be displayed on-site during sessions with a short video running alongside, so that Techniquest visitors can learn about the technology and its impact.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest said:

“We’re delighted to team up with Evolve Raybotix as it highlights our commitment to innovation and technology as well as driving high standards for our visitors, so that they can rest assured that their visit will be as safe as we can make it.

“Science has driven conversations around COVID to date and Techniquest plays a big part in supporting people to realise the potential of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) for education and career paths as well as more generally in our lives.”

Director of Evolve Raybotix Amin Farah added:

“We know that Techniquest is one of Wales’ best loved science centres and it’s a delight to work with a team who highlight the vital role technology and innovation play in taking action against COVID.

“The disinfection units have been classified as a Medical Device by the Ministry of Health in Italy where they are designed and manufactured. Closer to home, the robots are purchased or leased from Evolve Raybotix which is based in the Institute of Life Science (ILS), Swansea University who have the unique distribution rights to these innovative machines in the UK.”

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  •   What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  •   Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all of our visitors discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

    We regret that there is no parking on-site at Techniquest.

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