The role of ahedd
ahedd is a Digital Innovation Hub for the creation of a digital innovation ecosystem. In each business case, ahedd identifies the need of the client and conducts a business analysis. Then this need is matched to the technological competences of one or more partners of its ecosystem. Working as a united entity, the client is provided with a single point-of-contact to build trust and facilitate all communication.
In this case, ahedd matched the business need to the technological excellence of the Software and Knowledge Engineering Lab (SKEL The AI lab) of NCSR Demokritos, which leads cutting-edge research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and especially in assistive robots.
ahedd and SKEL investigated the whole process and involved managers and end-users in the analysis to determine that the solution would be effective and tailored to the particular needs. Then, they proposed to the client the routing application that would address the challenges of the UV-C disinfection robotic platform.
SKEL developed a new AI-enabled software application that allows the robotic platform to map the target area and then perform the routing that the user defines. Simulation allows the user to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed route before it is assigned to the platform and while it operates. SKEL also integrated automation components to stop operation if changes to the initial mapping or motion movements are detected. The user can monitor and control the operation via the application, which is also available for mobile devices.
The platform is now being used to disinfect surgery rooms and hospitalisation clinics of a leading multinational healthcare service provider. It has been tested and certified that the system is reliable and effective in ensuring a hygienic and safe environment for both personnel and patients.