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Saudi Arabia launches smart robot to sterilize Haram, Makkah

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Credits: Saudi Gazette

Reports surfacing from Saudia Arabia reveal that Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, the Head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has launched a smart robot. This smart robot will be utilized for sterilizing the Haram in Makkah, this invention came about in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis that made sterilization and environmental protection a priority.  Sheikh Al-Sudais has been praised for this innovation that will ensure that the spread of the virus is considerably curbed.

Saudi Arabia employs a smart robot to sterilize Haram at Makkah

The pilgrims reached the Haram in Makkah on 4th October, this was after 6 months of no pilgrims being allowed at Haram in the wake of Covid-19. As part of a 3-phase plan to safely resume the pilgrimage, the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia has allowed back only pilgrims from the country to perform Umrah to avoid a large crowd. Saudi Arabia has further regulated the pilgrimage by limiting the number of pilgrims to 6000 per day.

Moreover, stringent measures are being employed to contain the spread of the virus. The invention of the Smart Robot for sterilization is an effective part of these measures.

Saudi Gazette stated that the robot will work with a high-resolution Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) automation system to sterilize the Haram in Makkah. Sheikh Al-Sudais told the press that the launch of the high-precision robot will make significant improvements to the sterilization process at the Haram. This innovative technology will affectively kill viruses and other germs in the midst of Haram.

Saudia Arabia takes measures to curb Covid-19

The high-resolution Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) allows the smart robot to be completely autonomous. This allows the smart robot to navigate independently at the Haram, thereby enabling it to navigate the position and orientation of the environment with the help of sensors. The smart robot also has a device that contains an early warning feature. The feature also comprises of audio transmission at the required time as well as a battery charging feature, this enables the smart robot to operate without any human intervention.

Sheikh Al-Sudais further stated that “the robot focuses on internal sterilization at six levels, which improves the strength and safety of the environmental health atmosphere. It also intelligently analyzes sterilization requirements such as using scenarios; sterilization path, and independently planned duration to fully cover the environmental space.”

Moreover, the smart robot works from five to eight hours a day without any form of human intervention. The smart robot is also equipped with a camera that has a  high-quality radar installed for mapping. This can assist the smart robot in effectively eliminating bacteria in a closed area of 600 square meters at any given time.

Video of robot sterilizing the Haram at Makkah

Video 2: Sheikh Sudais introduces this new robot to sanitize Masjid-al Haram

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