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The Defence and Security Accelerator is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against coronavirus.
Currently, it can take up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19. With some ambulance cleaning centres some distance away from their base or hospitals, this is adding strain and delay on an already busy and pressurised service as the vehicles cannot be used until cleaning is completed.
Therefore, DASA has launched a new Innovation Focus Area as part of its Open Call for Innovation seeking industry’s help to identify rapid sanitising technology solutions that can be demonstrated in a live trial on an ambulance.
Solutions must be suitable for rapid deployment to clean public sector vehicles following the transport of patients with the coronavirus. Ideally solutions will have wider applicability than just ambulances, which might include, buses, trains, and other blue light services or even in hospital wards/rooms.
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