Berhampur, June 9 (LocalWire): After making several specially designed technology-driven protective gear to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here has launched UV (ultra-violet) sole sanitizer to disinfect shoes.
Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) chairman Subroto Bagchi inaugurated this new invention through video conferencing in the presence of several high-level officers and teaching faculties of different reputed institutions in the country and abroad.
“As the number of infections is increasing, it is highly essential to disinfect all possible contact items which may become carriers of the virus.
This device sanitizes the shoes of the virus as well as various other micro-organisms,” said the principal of the institute Rajat Kumar Panigrahy.
It includes a portable platform and a pair of shoe sole receiving sections with an open bottom surface which disinfects shoes using Ultra-violet rays.
The device also includes a plurality of disposable transparent mats that can be removed and placed on the platform, he said.
“The mechanism is provided through sensors which activate the UV light when both the soles are on the platform,” said Panigrahy.
It can be used at the entrances of homes or public places like hospitals, offices, airports, railway stations, shopping malls, hotels, and institutes to disinfect the shoe sole.
A portable small single sole machine is also designed by the institute to use at home, he said.
“After the end of the lockdown and opening of the educational institutions, the demand for this device is likely to increase.
Our aim is to share the design, drawing, and innovation to all the ITIs across the country so that it can be manufactured at affordable costs and will be helpful in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.
The first machine made by ITI was donated to the COVID Hospital set up at Sitalapalli for use.
Uma Shankar Mishra, Associate Professor, Medicine, M.K.C.G. Medical College-cum-in-charge, COVID Hospital received the machine.