South Korean robot combats COVID-19 spread

  • Tuesday 02, June 2020 12:12 AM
  • South Korean robot combats COVID-19 spread
Sharjah 24 – BNA: A self-driving robot equipped with cameras and an LED screen greets visitors at the lobby in the headquarters of South Korea’s largest mobile operator, checking their temperature, dispensing hand sanitiسer and disinfecting the floor.
“Please take part in social distancing,” the white robot firmly but politely reminds three SK Telecom employees who stand chatting nearby, Reuters reported.

Having largely managed to contain an epidemic that infected more than 11,000 and killed 269, South Korea is transitioning from intensive social distancing towards what the government calls “distancing in daily life”.

The robot, developed jointly by SK Telecom and Omron Electronics Korea, an industrial automation solution provider, transmits data to its server in real time, powered by the telecom company’s fifth-generation (5G) technology.

It sets off an alarm if anyone’s temperature is over 37.5 Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit), while using artificial intelligence (AI) to detect gatherings and advise people to disperse. Those not wearing a mask will be reminded to put one on.

Armed with ultraviolet lamps and two disinfectant sprayers, the robot can disinfect 99% of 33 square meters (355 square feet) of surface area in 10 minutes, the company said.