Chinese smart technology firm Terminus Technologies is set to deploy 150 programmable robots at Expo 2020 Dubai when the event gets underway next year.
Unveiled as Expo 2020 Dubai’s official ‘robotics partner’, the Chinese firm’s robots will also include Opti, one of the Expo mascots.
Terminus has also inked a long-term lease at District 2020 – the legacy area of Expo 2020 – to support the innovation ecosystem after the global event.
As part of the deal, Terminus will set up its first headquarters outside of China at District 2020, which includes a research and development centre .
Expo 2020 said the robots will feature multi-touch displays, 5G network capability, AI-driven object mapping and object detection.
Additionally, the robots will perform various tasks, including greeting visitors, performing in special displays, and providing visitor assistance, as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, attends the signing Jeremy with Victor Al, founder and CEO of Terminus at District 2020. Photo: Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020.
Centre for technology innovation
“Expo 2020 will be an unparalleled platform to showcase the capabilities of innovative technology and, as a pioneer in robotics and AI-enabled IoT applications, Terminus is a valuable new partner,” said Mohammed AlHashmi, chief technology officer at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“Our collaboration will demonstrate the potential of robotics, while also establishing the foundation for District 2020 as a centre for technology innovation.”
Victor Ai, founder and CEO of Terminus Technologies, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as an incredible hub of innovation for the world, and District 2020 will act as an example for global smart city development.
“Terminus is working with both to redefine the concept of future cities with our leading Robotics, AI and IoT technology. Together with other technology-focused partners, we have the opportunity to further explore the area of smart spaces.”