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Reportage Rwanda Against the pandemic, Kigali airport will use robots

The Rwandan government announced the reopening of Kigali international airport on August 1st. Everything has been organized in the facility, closed for five months, to face traffic challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including five smart anti-epidemic robots developed by a young Rwandan businessman.

 

DBM, from Kigali

 

 

 

It has been over five months since borders were closed, and the land of a thousand hills finally decided to reopen its air traffic. But not without putting in place precise measurements to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic such as hand sanitizers here and there or thermal cameras installed at each entrance. And Rwanda, which makes innovation central to their development, plays one more time the high technology card using robots to support the detection of COVID-19 cases, including among returning citizens.

 

Between 50 and 150 people tested in one minute

 

This solution has been developed by Benjamin Karenzi, the young Rwandan CEO of Zorabots. He decided to use his innovation to serve the struggle against COVID-19 in his country. Those multitask robots can screen between 50 and 150 people per minute thanks to video and sensitive captors, which can detect the body’s temperature or notify people who are not wearing a mask. But those robots will not only be used at Kigali airport. They will be available for local authorities and two COVID-19 treatment centers. Five androids, financed by the United Nations Development Programme, can be employed. Those robots’ main actions will be to protect doctors and nurses against infection by significantly reducing their risk exposure. In particular, they can deliver food and medication to patients and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities for timely response and case management. Those features should increase the speed and efficiency of the fight against COVID-19 in the land of a thousand hills.

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