During the COVID-19 health crisis, autonomous mobile robots are playing a vital role in helping support essential businesses and their workers on the front lines. Retailers, airports, and hospitals are required to clean more frequently and deliver more cleaning coverage.
To help this effort Brain Corporation employees came up with an idea that resulted in the company providing a $1. 6 million program to donate robots to support essential businesses.
The Robot Relief program initially came from Brain Corp employees through an internal initiative called “Brain Matters.” Employees were encouraged to think about ways to apply their ingenuity to help the local community with COVID-19. Donating Brain-powered robots and associated services to help those on the front lines is one of the ideas proposed by multiple employees.
“ We hope that this donation will make a difference during this pandemic and help businesses to better support and empower their employees while providing a safe and clean environment,” the company said in a statement.
BrainOS-powered autonomous floor scrubbers are providing more than 8,000 hours of daily work -- equal to a quarter-million hours over the next 30 days—that otherwise would have to be done by an essential worker. Using these robots allows those workers to focus on other critical tasks, such as disinfecting high-contact surfaces, re-stocking, supporting customers, or even taking a much-needed break.
This program includes the rental, deployment, training, and support of the BrainOS-powered cleaning robots at no charge to a business. The robots will be provided for a minimum of 90 days, depending on the changing conditions of the health crisis.
This program is available to essential businesses, including grocery stores, medical facilities, manufacturers of essential goods, and organizations that provide professional cleaning services to essential businesses. Users of the cleaning robot under this program can either be in-house cleaners or third-party cleaning service providers.
Companies can apply for the robots using this application form.