JD.com and state-owned major manufacturing enterprise GREE have formed a strategic partnership to develop three unique types of robots for anti-COVID-19 disinfection and inspection purposes.
The goal is to build robots for integrated indoor and outdoor scenarios. Indoor scenarios include hospitals, airports, shopping malls, office buildings and libraries while outdoor include industrial parks, school campuses and CBD areas.
“We plan to sell these robots on JD’s platform when they are produced in bulk and leverage JD and GREE’s mutual sales network to continue doing our part to fight COVID-19,” said Jun Xiao, president of JD-X, JD’s logistics innovation lab.
The indoor inspection robot can discern people’s temperature in highly mobile and dense areas, and is equipped with an infrared sensor which will detect the body temperature of a moving group of people in real-time. It is also able to issue a warning if sensing abnormal temperature, raise awareness of the pandemic and offers other benefits. In this way, the robots are equipped to reduce human-to-human contact in a meaningful way.
The disinfection robots, both indoor and outdoor types, can automatically spray disinfectant gas and liquid, respectively, for 24 hours a day, greatly increasing the efficiency of traditional approaches. They can also conduct indoor disinfection when there’s no personnel available at night via ultraviolet lamps. In this way, there is an added benefit of reduced labor cost in addition to protecting staff who conduct disinfection.