Robot cleaners coming to Dubai malls

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By Mark Sutton  www.arabianbusiness.com

Dubai’s shopping malls could soon see robots cleaning their floors, if trials underway at Dubai Festival City Mall are successful.

(L-R) Teresita Salvacion, FM Coordinator, Al Futtaim; Ayman Adnan, Operations Manager, Al Futtaim; Charlotte Butt, Senior Manager of Mobilisation, Transguard; Tanu Chowdhury, Operations Manager, Transguard and Sherif Fahmy, Sector Manager, Sealed Air.
(L-R) Teresita Salvacion, FM Coordinator, Al Futtaim; Ayman Adnan, Operations Manager, Al Futtaim; Charlotte Butt, Senior Manager of Mobilisation, Transguard; Tanu Chowdhury, Operations Manager, Transguard and Sherif Fahmy, Sector Manager, Sealed Air.

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. More info

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