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Project Reference: ITP/043/21LP
Project Title: Smart Robotics Coordination System (SRoCoS) for Hospital Logistics
Hosting Institution: LSCM R&D Centre (LSCM)
Abstract: Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HKHA) manages 43 public hospitals, 49 specialist outpatient clinics and 73 general out-patient clinics. The smart hospital is the main strategy
for the HA’ s sustainable development. In particular, one of the strategic initiatives is to
deploy robots with advanced technologies to reduce manual labour for repetitive tasks.
There are several current trials of using robots in hospitals like Tseung Kwan O Hospital
(TKOH), United Christian Hospital(UCH) and others for cleansing, disinfection services,
material delivery, welcome and reception guide services to visitors. From their
experience, the existing solutions in the market have the following deficiencies: (1) One
model only for one function; (2) incapable to take elevators autonomously; (3) no system
to control multiple robots; (4) difficult to make hardware and software modifications to fit
local hospital requirements.
To tackle these problems, the project aims to develop a smart robotic coordination
system (SRoCoS) to provide delivery service in hospitals including:
1. Autonomous mobile robot system that supports vertical logistics
2. Fleet planning and management system with open Application Programming
This project has been defined by a present demand of the community, thereby need
consideration of an efficient and user-friendly solution. The pilot trial is preliminary
planned to be conducted at Tseung Kwan O Hospital (TKOH). With this representative
experience, we shall deliver a reliable and scalable solution for delivery service in Hong
Kong hospitals.
Project Coordinator: Dr Ka Lun FAN
Approved Funding Amount: HK$ 19.94M
Project Period: 8 Nov 2021 - 7 Nov 2023
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