Dubai's shopping malls could soon see robots cleaning their floors, if trials underway at Dubai Festival City Mall are successful.
The mall is hosting trials of robotic cleaners conducted by Dubai-headquartered Transguard Group and US-based multinational company Sealed Air.
The automated cleaning robot, the Intellibot Hands-Free Cleaning HydroBot Scrubber is specifically intended for hard floors and is ideal for retail environments, such as indoor shopping malls.
"The versatile HydroBot allows the operator to switch between manual cleaning and Hands-Free Cleaning, so at the push of a button the operator can walk away to clean in other areas while the floor is being cleaned and the quality of cleaning is also consistent," said Charlotte Butt, senior manager of Mobilisation, Transguard
The Hands-Free Cleaning operating system incorporates up to 19 sensors, giving the robot a 360-degree view of its surroundings, and allowing it to operate and clean on its own. Advanced navigation and sensors detect obstacles as well as people - stopping to let them pass before proceeding - and stairs, to prevent unwanted spills.
"Supervisors can also monitor progress at any stage and receive wireless ‘end of shift' reports, including the location of the robot, operator identity, running times and the specific areas cleaned," added Butt.
The HydroBot also comes equipped with Eco Save which is an advanced four-stage purification system that can filter water to one micron, providing clean, reusable water and eliminating up to 85 percent of its wastewater and chemicals, which significantly lowers its impact on the environment.
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