29 May 2020

Telkom Hands Over Robot Disinfection Aid to the COVID-19 Task Force The innovation to Support COVID-19 Handling

JAKARTA, Telkom University – PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (Telkom) represented by the Director of Telkom Human Capital Management who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Telkom Education Foundation, Edi Witjara handed over Autonomous UVC Mobile Robot (AUMR) assistance to the Presidential Chief of Staff, Moeldoko and subsequently submitted to the Chairman of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19, Doni Monardo at the State Palace, Jakarta (28/5).

Telkom University in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) created the first AUMR robot innovation in Indonesia that uses ultraviolet type C (UVC) light for disinfection and sterilization in isolation rooms. This robot is intended to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus to medical personnel who is dealing with COVID-19 patients. This robot is the work of the Telkom University academic community under the auspices of the Telkom Education Foundation (YPT).

The Head of the Presidential Staff Office, Moeldoko appreciated the work of Telkom University and its initiative to accommodate the innovation. “This is a starting point for building something bigger in the future and can help medical staff. I am very proud of it, “said Moeldoko.

Not much different, Doni Monardo as Chairman of the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19 said “Telkom has provided a lot of assistance to the Special Task Force for Handling COVID-19. This innovation is very important for all of us in reducing the impact of COVID-19 on health workers, especially doctors and nurses in isolation rooms. Hopefully, this innovation does not stop at the AUMR robot. “

Telkom’s Director of Human Capital Management, Edi Witjara, said that as a BUMN engaged in ICT, Telkom accommodates and fully supports the innovation of the nation’s children in the use of technology to produce a work that is useful for the community. “During this pandemic, the innovation of the AUMR robot is a positive one in helping medical staff to carry out disinfection and sterilization without human intervention. It is hoped that medical staff can be protected and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, “said Edi.

At present, the AUMR robot has been tested in several referral hospitals for handling COVID-19, such as Hasan Sadikin Hospital and Wisma Athlete. Shortly, Telkom will donate 10 units of AUMR robots that will be placed in hospitals that handle COVID-19 in Jakarta and Surabaya.

In general, the work system of AUMR robots is by exposing ultraviolet light contained in the robot and moving around to the isolation room. The ultraviolet light can break down the COVID-19 virus. The robot that can operate for 5 hours is controlled by using the remote control or autonomous control mode. AUMR robot is also equipped with an ultrasonic sensor to avoid collisions between the robot and objects around it.

“With this AUMR robot, it can motivate the birth of other nation’s innovations that can support the government’s efforts to deal with the Corona Virus. Hopefully, we can all deal with this pandemic well and conditions can return conducive, “concluded Edi.

Source: Release Telkom Indonesia

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