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Robot cleaners tested in Dubai's Motor City

Up to seven cleaners can be replaced by each floor-cleaning robot

Robot cleaners tested in Dubai's Motor City
Avidbots NEO robot cleaner has been trialled by ServeU at Dubai's Motor City.

Facilities services company ServeU has completed testing of robotic cleaners in Dubai's Motor City.

The company has deployed ‘Neo', a cleaning robot from Canadian company Avidbots, which could do the work of between five and seven human cleaners.

The Neo bot is a purpose built floor cleaner which uses AI navigation guided by laser sensors and 3D cameras for safe and efficient operation. The robot has been designed to handle cleaning of large open areas, such as malls, airports and hospitals.

The robots can be controlled via a web portal, which allows the operator to customize cleaning plans in real time and to detailed reports including colour-coded maps and metrics such as area cleaned, productivity, run time, water-usage, maintenance, and other diagnostics.

The robots were supplied by Avidbots distributor Al Yousuf Robotics. It was not disclosed if the robots would now be deployed at Motor City full time.

Gary Reader, general manager, ServeU, said: "The purpose of this testing phase was to confirm the actual quality output during site-based conditions whilst using automated intelligence. Our quality team and senior management can confirm that the implementation of automation in cleaning can equal or even surpass that of the human output. At ServeU, it is both our short and long-term goal to understand the key benefits provided via implementing robotics in facilities management. Today has proved that through the use of smart technologies, we can begin to address the ever-increasing pressures on cost and quality that we are witnessing within the industry. It is our duty of care and responsibility to our clients to continue to investigate and invest in technologies as a means to sustain our quality at lower prices.

"Using these robots will allow ServeU to provide a higher level of quality service with less actual cleaners. In addition to decreased physical strains for our staff, innovations like these would also mean less wastage in consumables leading to reduced costs and reduction in risk of environmental degradation. ServeU estimates that through the implementation of Neo, ServeU can replace the menial responsibilities of five to seven cleaners over one shift. Net savings are then reflected in yearly cost reduction sharing plans, which see mutual benefit to both ServeU and its customers," Reader explained.

Commenting on the demo of the robot, Tamim Khaled Yousef, Division Head, Al Yousuf Smart Solutions, Al Yousuf Robotics, added: "The Neo is a game changer for facilities management, especially with technology-driven trends transforming the industry. This also fits well into the whole idea of making Dubai a smart city and shows that large organization, such as ServeU, are leading with actual implementations of key technologies."

In April, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) announced that it will be deploying the Neo robot to improve the productivity of their cleaning teams, reduce costs, and promote robotics and innovation throughout the UAE.

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