Meet DIYA ONE A Robot That Monitors Air Quality and Purifies It as It Moves Through a Building

January 16, 2018 – A fully autonomous robot was put to work at the World Future Energy Summit this week in Abu Dhabi. The product of a partnership between the Engie Gr0up, an electricity, natural gas and energy services company with headquarters in France, and Partnering Robotics, the robot goes by the name DIYA ONE.

This robot is designed to monitor the internal environment of buildings from light levels, to humidity, to air quality. Not only does it do these checks, but also evaluates energy consumption, provides security, and gathers maintenance data both from its own observations and from requests sent to it by building occupants. The data it collects is stored in a private cloud while its artificial intelligence (AI) programming gives it full autonomy to wander through any structure creating dynamic indoor atmospheric maps in real-time.

The kind of data DIYA ONE tracks includes the presence in the air of:

  • harmful allergens
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • chemicals
  • and odours

On detection DIYA ONE’s H13+ filter removes 99.95% of all of these.

At the World Future Energy Summit, DIYA ONE has been seen wandering through the trade centre site monitoring indoor air quality and informing building management about its discoveries.

Dr. Ramesh Caussy is the principal designer of DIYA ONE. At the Summit this week he told reporters, “I had a dream of creating an intelligent device, which is able to contribute to people’s well-being but at the same time is energy efficient. We live in a world, where air pollution is becoming a major health issue. Diya One was developed with this cause in mind. Thanks to its innovative features, Diya One gathers various environmental data and store them in a secured cloud, it evaluates the indoor air quality in real time, for better, quicker, and appropriate response to complex and changing air phenomena, as well as it is able to self-evaluate its battery life and can decide to get back to its dedicated charging dock when needed.”

In addition to its debut at this week’s Summit, DIYA ONE will begin a 6-month museum trial with the results to be made public at the upcoming Innorobo Exhibition in Paris this coming May. After that, DIYA ONE will be commercially available to industry and government for public buildings and office use.


DIYA ONE is seen here on the exhibit floor of the World Future Energy Summit this week in Abu Dhabi.

Len Rosen lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a researcher and writer who has a fascination with science and technology. He is married with a daughter who works in radio, and a miniature red poodle who is his daily companion on walks of discovery. More...