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New indoor transportation robot launched in HK

The Hong Kong Smart Government Innovation Lab recently announced that one of its incubatees launched a new solution which is now ready to be acquired by companies and institutions.

Solution description

The solution is a delivery robot with IoT capability and a high-security function. It was designed to be deployed in hospitals and offices. The robot supports various user authentication methods, including face recognition, fingerprint, QR code, barcode and ID card. Valid user authentication is required for operating the robot or opening its cabinet which ensures a secure delivery to the right person.

Application Areas

The solution can be implemented in many areas including City Management, Commerce and Industry as well as Transport.

Technologies Used

The solution employs Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile and Robot Technologies.

Use Case

The robot can work around the clock which helps to release staff from time-consuming delivery tasks. It is can also communicate with automatic door and elevator, and handle goods delivery across floors.

Demand for robots grows as a result of COVID-19

According to an Indian market research company, the top robotics market is projected to grow from US$76.6 billion in 2020 to US$176.8 billion by 2025; it is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2020 to 2025.

Collaborative robots are becoming more affordable and easier to program for novice users, leading to the growing demand for collaborative robots across all industry segments. Service robots are increasingly being adopted for new applications due to various advantages such as increased productivity, streamlined processes, and greater workplace safety. The main advantage of using service robots is the reduction in the cost of operation and high ROI.

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a varying impact on different types of industrial and service robots. Traditional industrial robots are expected to be most affected due to a decrease in investments in major industries such as automotive and metals & machinery. However, collaborative robots are not expected to be as affected as this is a growing market and is used in a more diverse set of industries. Service robots are expected to be the least affected.

As drones, AGVs, disinfectant robots, and telepresence robots are now being widely used for applications such as disinfection of premises, monitoring temperature, personal assistance, and for automated delivery, a steady demand for these robots during the pandemic is expected. However, consumer-based service robots will be greatly affected due to the fall in disposable income as a result of the pandemic.

About the Smart Government Innovation Lab

In 2018, the Government established the Smart Government Innovation Lab to explore hi-tech products such as AI and relevant technologies, including machine learning, big data analytics, cognitive systems and intelligent agent, as well as blockchain and robotics from firms, especially local start-ups.

The Lab is always on the lookout for innovation and technology (I&T) solutions that are conducive to enhancing public services or their operational effectiveness. I&T suppliers are encouraged to regularly visit the Lab’s website to check on the current business and operational needs in public service delivery and propose innovative solutions or product suggestions to address them.

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