SoftBank Robotics Group and UnaBiz have teamed up to seamlessly integrate IoT sensors and robotics in building management and maintenance. First to be rolled out in Singapore, the new partnership will be subsequently cover in other Softbank Robotics regional and global offices.
The partnership between the two companies aims to streamline work processes, allowing efficient mobilisation of on-site manpower resources. It will also improve customer service experiences with more targeted and enhanced cleaning services
“We have always been committed to providing solutions such as Whiz, an AI-enabled vacuum cleaning robot to facility operators. With the use of disruptive technologies such as predictive data on maintenance monitoring, it will provide building owners with building intelligence that is needed to digitally transform this industry operating landscape,” said Kenichi Yoshida, chief business officer, SoftBank Robotics Group Corp
“Teaming up with UnaBiz, we are confident that this partnership will not just add value to our customers but eventually make a difference in the entire sector,” Yoshida added.
SoftBank Robotics believes that facilities management operators are faced with handling many different building management tools and different brands of robots. On the backend, there are several dashboards – most of which don’t have a central control system for easy management.
It’s alliance with UnaBiz is part of the company’s overall roadmap to implement an IoT system onto a unified smart facility management platform – where IoT devices trigger alerts and automate AI-enabled autonomous vacuum cleaning robots like Whiz to tasks in addition to providing AI predictive data analytics.
Massive IoT provider has deployed UnaBiz has deployed last year one of the largest Integrated Facilities Management projects in Singapore, with over 3,000 sensors at Temasek Polytechnic. On top of smart facilities management, UnaBiz also focuses on smart cities applications like smart metering, asset management, and asset tracking. The scaleup has deployed more than 1.3 million sensors globally, of which, over 1 million were smart gas meter sensors for Nicigas, Japan’s major LPG company.
Henri Bong, co-CEO and co-founder of UnaBiz said : “Facility managers are embracing technology to increase the productivity of the workforce, improve customer satisfaction, and reduce carbon emissions. Both IoT and robotics have a lot of complementary purposes and the synergy of both can unlock new value for future disruptions and growth. We are confident that the right mix of SBRG robotics and our IoT devices could greatly benefit the whole industry.”