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Meet the sensor-fitted robot cleaning Dubai Metro stations

RTA said its compact robot is ideal for public areas and can be pre-set to perform automated cleaning patterns

RTA has started using robots to clean Dubai Metro stations in its latest technology push.
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RTA has started using robots to clean Dubai Metro stations in its latest technology push.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started using robots to clean Dubai Metro stations, in line with efforts to realise the its Smart Dubai programme goals.

The move also falls in line with RTA's efforts to support the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, aimed at boosting investment in the latest AI technologies and tools to enhance government performance and efficiency.

Dubai Metro's cleaning robot has laser-powered sensors and a sonar receiver capable of shifting between spaces, detecting barriers in order to avoid collisions. It also has a 135x90x128cm water tank with a capacity of 90 litres, and its size makes it fit for use in public areas without causing inconvenience to visitors.

Speaking on the move, Mohammed Hasan Al Amiri, RTA's director of rail maintenance, said: “This robot is designed with international standards and is highly effective and efficient in reducing the amount of water used in cleaning, and providing a great level of sterilising.

“It can also be pre-set to perform automated cleaning patterns of floors without human intervention, except for limited and simple steps, such as adding water and programming. The programming can be reset to enable the robot to clean floorings of complex designs.”

The use of cleaning robots is rapidly gaining traction in the region. As reported by Construction Week earlier this month, India-based start-up WCB Robotics is gearing up to unveil its Elmo robot in Q4 2019, which promises to clean skyscraper façades faster than a team of window washers. 

Two months ago, Saudi Arabia-based power and distribution construction company Cepco announced its investment in the kingdom’s Nomadd Desert Solar Solutions, a company that uses robotics for photovoltaic cleaning.

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