Robot developed by SK Telecom screens visitors, dispenses sanitiser

“Please take part in social distancing,” the white robot firmly but politely reminds three SK Telecom employees who stand chatting nearby. Having largely managed to contain an epidemic that infected more than 11,000 and killed 269, South Korea is transitioning from intensive social distancing towards what the government calls “distancing in daily life”. The robot, developed jointly by SK Telecom and Omron Electronics Korea, an industrial automation solution provider, transmits data to its server in real-time, powered by the telecom company’s fifth-generation (5G) technology. “It felt a bit strange when I first saw the robot but I realise it can raise awareness about distancing and also improves accuracy in temperature checks,” said Lim Yeon-june, an employee of SK Telecom. Last month, Woowa Brothers, the country’s top food delivery app owner, began a pilot operation for a self-driving delivery robot that can move freely between floors of an office or apartment building.

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