The ARM Institute, in partnership with our members, quickly catalyzed COVID-19 solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense.


This project was funded from the ARM Institute’s COVID-19 focused Technology Project Call completed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.


The COVID-19 pandemic created new concerns about shared spaces like military bases, classrooms, and warehouses. This project seeks to take a commonly used solution in Europe and to scale its use in the U.S.

Technical Approach

Schools, offices, military bases, and manufacturing floors need to be disinfected between shifts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The Decon (DX1) disinfecting system has proven its effectiveness in Europe, but currently lacks the mobility and autonomy to disinfect spaces without an operator. An automated solution is required to ensure workers return to a COVID-free environment each day. This project is aimed at adding mobile autonomous capabilities to the DX1 room disinfection system to automate the consecutive treatment of multiple rooms and spaces within workplaces.  The addition of mobility and autonomous navigation to the DX1 will enable the robot to move from room to room and perform a series of treatments with little to no human intervention. 


Principal Investigator: QinetiQ North America Project Team: MassRobotics