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Sanitation robots unveiled in Central China's Changsha

By Jeffrey Moeller, Yuan Meng, Liu Ning, Cui Yue (People's Daily Online)    17:43, October 25, 2019

With the development of a series of new 5G sanitation robots, an environmental equipment producer based in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, shakes up the industry and contributes to the city's growing reputation as one of the nation's leading intelligent manufacturing centers.

The sanitation robots, developed by Infore Zoomlion Enviro Co., Ltd., can relieve the city's sanitation labor shortage and rising costs. The robot family includes an electric cleaning robot, an electric washing robot and five other models.

According to the company's Innovation Director, Dr. Zhang Bin, Infore Zoomlion Enviro has developed the world's first 5G unmanned sanitation robots. The robots can automatically detect and trace garbage, sweep and wash the road as well as collect and transport garbage. The robots can be deployed in alleys, schools, industrial parks and other urban areas and have specialties, including snow removal and some that are able to climb and clean walls.

The sanitation robot models can switch between unmanned and manned mode, and can also be equipped with a 5G communication module. (Photo provided by Infore Zoomlion Enviro.)

All seven sanitation robot models can switch between unmanned and manned modes, as the company increasingly shifts its focus to intelligent solutions by making use of AI and 5G technology.

In an interview with People's Daily Online, Zhang revealed that the manufacturer has plans to further develop its intelligent sanitation equipment and produce it on a large scale "to help build a national intelligent city system".

However, Infore Zoomlion Enviro not only has plans for national development, as Leon Ou, head of the corporation's overseas business department, points out. "So far, we have exported machinery to 40 different countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe", Ou told People's Daily Online. He admits that overseas markets bear a lot of challenges, but also see great potential for development, particularly in certain African countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as in Europe.

Given the manufacturer's expansion plans, it may well be that 5G sanitation robots from Changsha will soon contribute to cleaner streets around the globe.

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