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Novel indoor dirt detection system launched in Hong Kong

A technology company operating under the Hong Kong Smart Government Innovation Lab recently announced that it has launched a new solution which is now ready to be acquired by companies and institutions.

Solution description

The solution, called the Indoor Dirt Detection Video Analytics Module, is an indoor dirt detection video analytics system for an automated cleaning robot. The system can locate and identify three types of indoor dirt that the robot may come in contact with. This is done through video analytics. An executable signal is sent to the cleaning robot’s control logic; significantly improving the effectiveness of its cleaning ability.

Application Areas

The solution was designed for use in the areas of City Management, healthcare environments as well as Transport.

Technologies Used

The solution uses Deep Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Video Analytics.

Use case

The solution can be applied on a multi-function cleaning and disinfection robotic system to perform autonomous cleaning and disinfection tasks. Before all the cleaning actions, the camera on the robot and the video analytics module will be operated for the identification of targeted dirty regions on different surfaces, from carpets to polished smooth surfaces, and from dry to wet dirt. The analysis could facilitate cleaning and disinfecting target dirty regions autonomously. It also could be used to notify the operator once the cleaning task is completed and alert the operator if another dirty region is identified.

Cleaning robot market expected to reach US$4.4 billion by 2023

A report forecasted that the cleaning robot market would grow from US$2.1 billion in 2018 to US$4.4 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.2% during the forecast period. The major factors that are expected to be driving market are the increased penetration of automation in household appliances, rise in labour costs, and increasing safety concerns.

Floor-cleaning robots are expected to hold the largest share, based on the product, of the cleaning robot market by 2025; the growth of the market for this technology can be attributed to the popularity of floor-cleaning robots in the residential sector, which has helped the market to grow at a rapid pace. These robots are equipped with functions such as navigation control systems and sensors (distance counter, gyro, ultrasonic, laser, and bumper switches), which are specifically used to detect obstacles and prevent collisions.

The cleaning robot market for the residential application is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Cleaning robots for residential application are utilised to perform tasks such as mopping and cleaning. In certain countries, employing domestic workers becomes too expensive; in such cases, cleaning robots can easily undertake the task of cleaning.

The cleaning robot market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. APAC is the fastest-growing market for cleaning robots. Rise in disposable income among consumers in APAC has led to the adoption of cleaning robots. The increasing adoption of cleaning robots and the influx of global players, along with the emergence of native players, are helping the market to grow. As a result, APAC holds a significant share of the overall cleaning robot market.

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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