Dubai's RTA to use robots for cleaning metro stations
Date: 20-03-2019

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that “in the context of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, we will start using robots in cleaning metro stations”. “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,” said Mohammed Hasan Al Amiri, Director of Rail Maintenance, RTA.

“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 robot has several laser-powered sensors and sonar receiver capable of shifting between spaces, detecting barriers and accordingly avoiding a collision. The sensors along with the sonar cover a 360-degree circle. It also has a 90-litre water tank, and measures 135x90x128 cm in size, “rendering it fit for use in public areas without causing inconvenience to station visitors”, he explained.

“The use of robots in cleaning Dubai Metro stations is an experimental step and considered the first of its kind worldwide in using such technology to clean metro stations. Once the success of the trial is verified, the technology will be deployed in other stations,” Al Amiri added.

Source: Gulf Business