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Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor 10 May 2020 at 07:58  


Singapore is trialing robot dogs to enforce social distancing in its parks, to assist the national coronavirus-control effort.


As outlined by GovTech Singapore, the nation's digital advancement agency, the beast is a Boston Dynamics Spot device that's been programmed to roam a 3km stretch in the River Plains section of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park during off-peak hours.


Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks


"A recorded message will be broadcast from SPOT to remind park visitors to observe safe distancing measures. SPOT will also be fitted with cameras – enabled with GovTech-developed video analytics – to estimate the number of visitors in parks," the agency says.


Govtech promises the cameras "will not be able to track and/or recognise specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected."


Spot's controlled remotely, which means Singaporean park staff don't need to go out into virus-exposed meatspace to do their jobs and also don't interact with those braving the open air.


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