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Robots at Dubai Expo 2020 to enrich visitor experience

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on July 2, 2020 | Last updated on July 2, 2020 at 03.07 pm
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The robots will perform a variety of tasks such as greeting visitors, performing in special displays, and providing visitor assistance, as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services.

Terminus Technologies, a China-based leader in smart technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, has been named the Expo 2020 Dubai's latest Premier Partner and has signed a long-term lease at District 2020 as part of the innovation ecosystem that will evolve after the event.

Terminus will deploy more than 150 programmable robots - including Opti, one of the Expo 2020 mascots - to interact with visitors during the six-month event.


Fitted with features such as multi-touch displays, 5G network capability, AI-driven object mapping and object detection, the robots will perform a variety of tasks such as greeting visitors, performing in special displays, and providing visitor assistance, as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services.

Terminus, a specialist in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), will set up its first headquarters outside of China, as well as a research and development centre, at District 2020, the human-centric smart city that will repurpose post Expo more than 80 per cent of the site's built environment.

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Expo 2020 will be an unparalleled platform to showcase the capabilities of innovative technology and, as a pioneer in robotics and AI-enabled IoT applications, Terminus is a valuable new partner. Our collaboration will demonstrate the potential of robotics, while also establishing the foundation for District 2020 as a centre for technology innovation."

By setting up its Middle East operations in the UAE, Terminus becomes the latest global corporation to join District 2020.

Nadimeh Mehra, Vice President, District 2020, said: "As a pioneer in advanced, future-defining technologies, Terminus will bring significant value to the diverse ecosystem we are curating at District 2020 and will contribute to our mission to support the UAE's strategy to become a pioneer in AI. This is an important collaboration as we share the vision of creating a human-centric smart community that will inspire other global innovation hubs."

Victor Ai, Founder and CEO, Terminus Technologies, said: "Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as an incredible hub of innovation for the world, and District 2020 will act as an example for global smart city development. Terminus is working with both to redefine the concept of future cities with our leading Robotics, AI and IoT technology. Together with other technology-focused partners, we have the opportunity to further explore the area of smart spaces. This is precisely the reason why we are so excited."

The Expo run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.


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