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IDA introduces Robot-as-a-Service solution for cleaning sector

Adrian M. Reodique | April 27, 2016
The RaaS pilot solution was introduced to redesign workflow processes and transform the cleaning landscape to become manpower lean.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), together with Environmental Management Association of Singapore (EMAS) and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), recently introduced the Robot-as-a-Service (Raas) pilot solution to help redesign workflow processes and transform the cleaning landscape to become manpower lean.

The IDA introduced the solution during the Learning Journey for Small Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the cleaning sector event which they organised along with WDA and the Marina Bay Sands.

The RaaS solution -- provided by ICT solution provider V3 Teletech -- aims to innovate the way businesses deliver service excellence in the cleaning industry.

It has an autonomous controller which can be retrofitted to existing cleaning scrubber machines. The scrubber can be operated autonomously through the onboard camera and sensor that can record images, remote monitoring as well as analysis of cleaning tasks.

In addition, the solution offers flexibility to incorporate the technology to existing fleet of mechanical cleaning machines enabling businesses to utilise existing scrubbers. Cleaners from businesses can also be re-trained and appointed as technicians to manage multiple robotised machinery at once. With this, businesses will be able to address manpower shortage and allow the deployment of replaced manpower to other job functions.  

The pilot project is supported by IDA's (a Lean Enterprise Development (LED) agency) Enhanced iSprint programme that looks at a sector-wide transformation in supporting SMEs with smart technologies to boost productivity and growth.

According to Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive (Development) and Chief Data Officer of the IDA: "Productivity can be seen as achieving more with less use of resources. Technology can be a force multiplier to help SMEs achieve greater productivity. I am glad that some SMEs in the cleaning sector has adopted the use of technologies to help address their labour crunch challenges, to do more with less."

Meanwhile, the pilot is also supported under the LED scheme, which was launched last year by the Ministry of Manpower along with other sector agencies to assist businesses transform and grow in the new manpower-lean landscape.  

"With over 2,500 hotel rooms and an average occupancy of over 90 percent, Marina Bay Sands is constantly looking at improving our efficiency and effectiveness to remain successful. The heart of our productivity roadmap is based on 'doing more with less'. As we future-proof our operations and prep ourselves for productivity-led growth, we are actively leveraging analytics, innovative technology, as well as continuous staff engagement. In the long run, our goal is to optimise available technology to automate processes where possible so as to enable our staff to take on high-value jobs," said Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations of Marina Bay Sands. 


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