The IDEB ICT and Innovation Cell, a specialized cell of The Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB), has built a disinfection tunnel named "Nirapad Nagarik Chamber."
The tunnel, made entirely using local technology, is equipped with a 360-degree disinfectant spray, a press release from the IDEB said.
Engineer Jubayer Al Billal Khan and Tanvir Hossain made the tunnel with advice from renowned microbiologists. Jubayer Al Billal Khan is a mentor at the IoT and Robotics Lab of the IDEB ICT and Innovation Cell.
If someone walks into the tunnel, the 360-degree disinfectant spray inside the tunnel will automatically create a dense fog of disinfectant liquid.
"It is believed that the fog will clean most of the germs on the clothes, shoes and uncovered areas of the body," read the IDEB press release.
The sprayed disinfectant liquid will be so tiny that the clothes of the person walking inside the tunnel will not get wet and they will not feel uncomfortable.
The person has to wash his or her hands before walking into the tunnel.
The "Nirapad Nagarik Chamber" can disinfect wheelchairs, stretchers, or any box or equipment that is being delivered. Because of using a heavy duty high-pressure pump, the technology can be used in a crowded place without any interruption.
The tunnel is also water resistant, meaning that it can be used in both indoors and outdoors. The disinfect tunnel had been used experimentally in the capital's Asgar Ali Hospital and it was successful, according to the press release.
Engineer Jubayer Al Billal Khan and Tanvir Hossain are currently working on controlling the tunnel using a central management system. They are also trying to add more automation into the tunnel.