The Ironman 4×4 Community Emergency Response Team (I-CERT) has produced a sanitizing machine, using the expertise of motor mechanism. Well respected as a frontline disaster management and humanitarian unit in Sri Lanka, I-CERT has made this invention with the intention helping assist the security forces and the health sector, who are equally playing a major role during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Equipments that are used in a mechanical workshop and a modified All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) has been used to manufacture the sanitizing machine, which runs with the help of a 100cc engine.

The sanitizer has the capability of a storage of 100 letres of liquid disinfectant, in two tanks of 50 letres each. Besides the mass of the ATV, the machine has a weight of 150 kilos and could be controlled by a single person.

“This machine could sanitize several persons at a time. It’s easy to navigate and transport from one location to another,” veteran rally and off road driver and founder of I-CERT, Sam Chandrasoma told Motor Sports Network.

Due to its stature, which is smaller than an ordinary car, the machine can be easily transported even through a narrow road. For places that cannot be reached, the builders have included flexible pipeline which is 25 feet long.

“Even if we are unable to reach a point, a single person could easily carry the sanitizer pipeline and do the disinfection process. This will be helpful for the security forces and health sector workers, who are working tirelessly to disinfect people and certain locations,” Chandrasoma added.

Motor technical experts Yohan Uthpala, Janith Dimantha and Hasitha

Rangajith provided the technical support while the project was funded by Suranga Samarasinghe, Dr. Harshana Jayasinghe, Artha Salgado, Deepal Peiris, Anushka Ranasinghe, Dimuthu Karunaratne, Kasun Perera. Chandrasoma further revealed that establishments such as Auto Miraj and Wurth came forward to assist in numerous ways to make the project a success.

“I should also mention the support granted by Major General Pradeep de Silva, Major General Renuka Rowel. Colonel Vindana Kodituwakku, Major Nadeeka Dangolla and Major Chinthana Rodrigo from the Sri Lanka Army, who keenly helped us to make this a successful effort,” said Chandrasoma.

Chandrasoma and his team of I-CERT are willing to provide technical assistance to any group or party, who even wishes to produce an advanced version of the sanitizer machine.

The sanitizer machine produced by I-CERT was handed over to the Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters on April 30.