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Written by Vamsi Pattamatta
on 15 Aug 2020

One of the positive effects of Covid-19 has been the overriding need to become self-reliant or aatmanirbhar. From learning the art of balancing work and life right in your home—think zoom meetings, growing vegetables, home salons—to discovering new passions, this lockdown has given us brand new skills.


The lockdown also has brought the importance of people—family, friends, community members— to the forefront. Naturally, taking care of ourselves and the people around us has become a priority. Cyientists like me, too, have stepped up and gone beyond their duty to help colleagues and community members at large, becoming aatmanirbhar in innovative ways. With social distancing norms in place, it is now crucial to rigorously sanitize our surroundings at all times to prevent the spread of the virus.

Unfortunately, regular disinfecting can be exhausting and daunting, and over time, some laxity tends to creep in. It was clear that sanitizing my gated community required some monitoring since people were becoming negligent. I was also deeply concerned about the safety of my family and fellow residents, as any carelessness in sanitization could lead to the potential spread of the disease. 

Inspired by Cyient’s culture and ethos of innovation, I decided to create an auto-sanitization equipment that would cover the entire body from head to toe. I put on my thinking cap and started exploring a viable and cost-effective solution, which would allow me to deliver maximum safety without denting pockets. I researched and procured essential equipment such as pneumatic nozzles, DC motor pump, motion sensor, AC to DC SMPS, and flexible pipes from independent vendors, and drew up a few designs. 

I finalized an inexpensive iron structure with plastic sheets on all sides. I further designed electronics to integrate the motor and sensor for automation. And voila! What I created was a rugged, yet, highly effective auto-sanitization tunnel.

Installed at the community’s entrance, the tunnel is strategically placed so that anyone who enters the society has to pass through it and automatically be sanitized from head to toe. The solution meets all necessary quality and safety standards and is cost-effective. Similar commercially sold machines cost up to ₹250,000. The auto-sanitization tunnel has attracted a lot of attention from neighboring buildings looking for affordable safety solutions.

It is truly heartening to see your creation help prevent the spread of the pandemic by keeping people safe. I am also at peace knowing that my family and community are protected, with every visitor to the community appropriately sanitized. 

The product is a validation of my strong belief in Cyient’s motto of “Designing Tomorrow Together.” When we, together, meet the highest standards of safety, reliability, and performance to solve problems that matter, Cyient shines a little brighter every day.

The times are tough, but we Cyientists believe that great things can be achieved when we become atmanirbhar and support and inspire people around us.

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