How healthy is the AC en­vi­ron­ment you are ex­posed to?

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Azad has a tip to share: “If you go to any cen­trally air-con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ment and hap­pen to see au­to­mated air fresh­en­ers on the walls spray­ing the fresh­ener reg­u­larly, it is an in­di­ca­tion that the air qual­ity is bad and the con­tent of dust is so high that there is bac­te­ria growth in the duct, caus­ing odour in the air.

“If there is no dust in the duct, there will never be bac­te­ria and pollen for­ma­tion. Just chang­ing air fil­ters reg­u­larly is not the so­lu­tion to this prob­lem; the ducts need to be thor­oughly cleaned and dis­in­fected.” the users can re­cover the cost of the ma­chine in much lesser time. They can dis­card their old ma­chine and go for a new one, in­stead of buy­ing heav­ily en­gi­neered ma­chines, which are high in main­te­nance and use com­po­nents that be­come ob­so­lete or ex­pen­sive to get af­ter some years,” he adds.

The sce­nario and mar­ket for duct clean­ers in In­dia

Are peo­ple aware of the im­por­tance of hav­ing a duct cleaner? To this, Azad says, “The is­sue in In­dia is that there is no reg­u­la­tion or pol­icy of the gov­ern­ment that makes it manda­tory to check and main­tain in­door air qual­ity—mostly be­cause air-con­di­tion­ing is rel­a­tively new in In­dia. Other coun­tries have strict reg­u­la­tions and qual­ity con­trols, which are es­sen­tial to com­ply with for any es­tab­lish­ment. Com­pa­nies in In­dia do it on their own as it re­duces electricity con­sump­tion and bad odour from en­vi­ron­ments.”

To mar­ket the prod­uct, Ro­bosoft uses the In­ter­net as the key medium. “Our main mar­ket is the Mid­dle East, fol­lowed by the US, Europe and South­east-asian coun­tries. Our key cus­tomers in­clude Blue Star in In­dia and EPSCO in the Mid­dle East,” shares Azad.

What’s in the off­ing?

The com­pany has not filed for any pa­tents so far as the team feels that the in­ter­na­tional process is very ex­pen­sive and the In­dian patent sys­tem is not so strong.

“We in­tend to file for a patent soon. Right now we are boot­straped. We be­lieve that it is the cus­tomers who bring in the money in In­dia and not the pa­tents. If it were soft­ware, we could have li­censed it to users,” says Azad. Azad also shares some of the other plans re­lated to the fu­ture ver­sions of the de­vice: “We are plan­ning to launch a new ver­sion of the de­vice named Duct­bot HD. It will come with an HD 1080i cam­era, which of­fers a full high-def­i­ni­tion record­ing ca­pa­bil­ity com­pared to the CCD colour cam­era used in the ex­ist­ing prod­uct.

“We have also de­signed a very small ro­bot fit­ted with a night vi­sion cam­era and mi­cro­phone for Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guards com­man­dos. This ro­bot can be dropped in­side any room or build­ing be­fore go­ing in to pre­view the place. We are look­ing for agen­cies who can help us sell our prod­ucts to the gov­ern­ment.”

Duct­bot data-sheet

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