Skyscraper-cleaning robots

The world“s first commercially available robot for cleaning skyscraper windows and glass facades, replacing costly and dangerous manual cleaning, is to be demonstrated at Marseille, southern France, …

The world“s first commercially available robot for cleaning skyscraper windows and glass facades, replacing costly and dangerous manual cleaning, is to be demonstrated at Marseille, southern France, in June 2002, by Israeli developer SkyBot Ltd., in collaboration with its partner, a leading French company in the field of robotics. France is the second market targeted by SkyBot after commercial sales began in Israel in November 2001. SkyBot identified the need for a technological solution for cleaning the windows and glass facades of high-rise buildings to eliminate today“s costly and dangerous manual method. SkyBot“s patented solution is based on merging advanced technologies from the computer and optical industries, which enable the robot to “see“ the window and ensure high-quality cleaning. Its cleaning method is completely environmentally friendly, using only high-pressure water and air, but also with the option of using environmentally friendly detergents. The robot is mobile and simple to operate and can be used at any time, day or night, and at any height. The robot is also very cost effective, reducing cleaning costs to one-tenth of today“s manual cleaning costs. It can clean over 1,000 sq.m. in an hour, twenty times quicker than manual cleaning. SkyBot Ltd., based in Tel Aviv, Israel, focuses on the development of technologically advanced mechanical and automated solutions for high-risk activities that are currently performed manually.