Helsinki Airport deploys autonomous sweeper for its parking lot and outdoor premises

posted on 13th July 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Helsinki Airport deploys autonomous sweeper for its parking lot and outdoor premises

Trombia Technologies pilots together with facility services company ISS how autonomous sweeping technology suits the needs of busy and high maintenance aviation premises.

Focus of the pilot is to develop ways autonomous street sweepers can support facilities maintenance work in busy closed areas like parking lots, where cleanliness is key both for the security and for the atmosphere.

Finnish street maintenance technology developer Trombia Technologies continues its commercial pilot program with the full-power autonomous and electric Trombia Free street sweeper in Helsinki Airport premises.

The frontrunner pilot partner is facility services company ISS Finland.

The target of the pilot is to focus on developing future ways autonomous street sweepers can support facilities maintenance work in busy traffic and industrial areas.

Especially parking lots need special expertise from maintenance, as there are both parked and moving cars, pedestrians, building pillars and narrow parking spaces.

As Trombia Free operates without using any water, the pilot will also focus on finding how well it removes dust from the parking lots waterless.

“Airports are open basically 24/7 and to fill the needs of the global traveller, all areas from the parking lot to the terminal and to the gate need to fill high service levels safely and this can be a true sweet spot for autonomous maintenance,” says Antti Nikkanen, CEO of Trombia Technologies.

“During the pilot we will work in continuous mode, meaning the robot will work in the areas also during the night.” says Antti Nikkanen, CEO of Trombia Technologies.

Trombia Free will operate in the areas around Terminal 1 and the parking lot 3 starting from the 12th of July.

“At ISS our purpose is to connect people and places to make the world work better. In a better working world innovations and technology help people to work, live and travel in a safe and comfortable way.

“That is why ISS Finland is proudly participating in this project with Trombia Technologies.

“We are constantly looking for new innovations and finding solutions that make life easier, more productive, and meaningful for our customers and for our employees.

“We are frontrunner in sustainable facility management and this pilot also supports our corporate responsibility and environmental targets”, says Jukka Backlund, Head of Facility Management product, ISS Finland.

During the 10 days long pilot the estimated carbon emissions saved will be around 26kg/h Co2.

“As we know we need to cut our carbon emissions heavily during the following years. Electric sweepers and other service robots can play a big role in revolutionizing the environmental impact of maintenance”, says Nikkanen.