Robot reminds visitors to Singapore park of safe distancing measures

Robot reminds visitors to Singapore park of safe distancing measures
Robot dog in 'Black Mirror' (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – It reminds us of an especially spooky episode of the Netflix series ”Black Mirror.’ Life imitating art?]

A four-legged robot will be patrolling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to remind people of safe distancing measures starting from Friday (May 8).

Called Spot, the robot will assist with safe distancing efforts at parks, gardens and nature reserves managed by National Parks Board (NParks) and at parks managed by town councils.

The pilot trial is jointly conducted by NParks, and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG).

The Spot robot will broadcast a recorded message reminding park visitors to observe safe distancing measures.

It is fitted with cameras, enabled by GovTech-developed video analytics, to help it estimate the number of visitors in the parks.

The cameras, however, will not be able to track or recognise specific individuals, neither will it collect any personal data.

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