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Avidbots' Neo Solution Recognized for Keeping Airports Clean

By Tracey E. Schelmetic

When one imagines the cleanest public places in the world, airports seldom come to mind. Since the COVID era, however, airports – like many public facilities – are increasingly stepping up their hygiene levels; particularly when it comes to floors that see tens of thousands (or more) of feet every day. More often, as it turns out, these cleaning efforts are now being accomplished by robots.

Canadian robotics company Avidbots recently highlighted the contribution of its autonomous floor scrubber, Neo, as one of the top winners of the 2023 World Airport Awards, which are sponsored by aviation rating firm, Skytrax. Reviewing more than 550 airports globally, the annual survey evaluates a variety of traveler-specific topics, ranging from terminal comfort, cleanliness and hygiene to check-in, staff friendliness, taxi availability and more.

Today, six of the world’s top 10 cleanest airports have deployed Avidbots’ Neo to keep floors clean. Additionally, the top two cleanest airports use Avidbots’ autonomous cleaning solution to optimize, streamline and improve their floor care operations, as well.

“We’ve been excited to see Neo prominently featured for several years running, supporting cleaning efforts of the best airports around the globe,” said Faizan Sheikh, CEO and co-founder at Avidbots. “Airports see the value of our autonomous floor-scrubbing robots, which deliver an efficient, reliable and measurable cleans, every time. Its use by the cleanest airports is a testament to Neo’s ability to provide quality floor cleaning for improved guest experiences.”

Recently, Avidbots (which was founded in 2014) raised $70 million in Series C funding to accelerate its timelines for bringing new products to market and continuously improving its autonomous driving software and customer service. Powered by Avidbots Autonomy, Neo was designed to understand its operating environment and take action to maximize cleaning productivity while minimizing human intervention. Today, more than 1,000 Neos are deployed in more than a dozen countries throughout the world in various high-traffic commercial environments, such as education, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, warehousing, airports and transit hubs.

Edited by Alex Passett
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