Singapore deployed a four-legged robot to remind residents to follow the social distancing measures.
For the first time, the government deployed Spot, Boston Dynamics’ famous yellow and black canine robot, at one local park.
The robot dog patrols in the area. It also broadcasts a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing, authorities said.
The device equipped with cameras can also scan the surroundings. In addition, it informs authorities of the average estimated number of people gathering in huge, open spaces like parks.
Spot is remotely controlled. It reduces manpower required for park patrols. Further, it also minimizes the physical contact among staff.
In a statement, GovTech Singapore said the robot dog works well across different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively.
“These cameras will not be able to track and/or recognize specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected.”
This recent effort is part of the government’s ongoing enforcements on social distancing.
Lately, the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the country. Singapore is currently experiencing the second wave of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, as of June this year, Singapore has 6,411 cases with 26 reported deaths.
Nevertheless, Singapore continues to address the alarming increase of cases by leveraging technology.
In March, Singapore launched a contact-tracing app that uses Bluetooth to help users find out if they had close contact with someone confirmed to have been infected.
Further, the government plans to use Spot at a local isolation facility where the robot helps bring medicine to patients.