University of Lagos, UNILAG has acquired – first of its kind in Nigerian and sub saharan Africa – robots to help in collecting data around the school.
The robots which were donated by Platform Capital, a global investment firm will be used for temperature and blood pressure checks and provision of other data.
Prof Toyin Ogundipe, the vice chancellor of the University Reveals the robots will be placed in designated areas like the University Library, The Senate Building, The University Business School ETC.
At the inauguration of the robots at the institution’s library, the Vice Chancellor said that the robots would improve the institution’s delivery lines.
”We have been talking about Improving our delivery lines. These robots are certainly going to add value in that regard, in the sense that artificial intelligence would now be brought to bear.
”They are going to load it with the books we have in the library, also it will take the temperature of the people coming into the library. It will also give us the data of people coming to the library everyday, look at the peak time that they come in, and the peak hour, they leave.
”It is going to serve in so many ways. We have one that will be positioned at the Senate Building that will equally take temperature. If you want to check your blood pressure, it will assist you to do that. If you are looking for any body at that same Senate building, once you mention the name of such a person, it will tell you the number of the room where the person is.
”Another one will be deployed to our unilag Business School. What we are looking at, is to make sure that we improve on our delivery lines,” he said.
Ogundipe said that at this critical period of global health challenge, the services of the robots would be a huge contribution toward safety.
”For instance, if one’s temperature is too high, it will raise an alarm concerning that, and with that development, the security personnel know that such a person needs to be attended to.
”It will reduce contact level with our security personnel and others around.“We have other technologies to be put in place at this period. These upcoming technologies will check one’s blood pressure too as well as oxygen level.He added that some of the technologies would detect metals.
”That is what our research teams are currently working on. We have done ventilator and are now working into the prototype, and some companies are already showing interest to manufacture it,” Ogundipe said.