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Atlas Axillia donates three more AGV robots

The official handover of the three newest AGV Robots by Asitha Samaraweera, MD, Atlas Axillia to DG Anil Jasinghe with the participation of Viraj Jayasooriya COO Director Operations, Atlas Axillia, Lalani Weeraarachchi – Head of Human Resource Atlas Axillia, Steven Enderby, Group CEO Hemas Holdings, Dr. Indika Jagoda and Dr. Prasad Ranaweera, Director – Anti Malaria Campaign of the Ministry of Health.

Atlas Axillia (Pvt.) Limited, a subsidiary of the Hemas Group, gifted three more fully homegrown Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robots to Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine recently.

Atlas’ AGVs, the first robots to be introduced in the fight against COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, are already in operation at the Base Hospital Homagama and the new treatment facility at Iranawila, dedicated to COVID-19 patients.

The latest upgraded robots are earmarked for deployment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Colombo, and the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila.

Atlas, Sri Lanka’s leading stationery manufacturer, developed these AGVs for the national fight against COVID-19 in consultation with health ministry officials, in a bid to extend the utmost assistance to ensure the safety of the health care workers.

 The latest AGV robots have been upgraded with the capability of measuring the temperature of the patient through a thermal sensor and recording it with a time stamp.. These AGVs are also able to carry food and medicine, minimising direct contact between other hospital staff and patients.

Dr. Indika Jagoda, Regional Director of Health Services – Colombo said:  “It is truly heartening when a local company steps up at a time of national need and creates innovations without any commercial motivation, simply for the social good it will create. I am certain the new, improved robots will build on that success and be invaluable in the fight against COVID-19,” he said, speaking on the initiative.

The AGV concept was first developed by the Atlas manufacturing and engineering team as a robotic assistant in the production process at factory, as part of the ecosystem of a larger Artificial Intelligence journey being undertaken by the company.

With the outbreak of the pandemic, the team led by Viraj Jayasuriya, COO / Director Operations and comprising of Dayan Harsha (Tech Lead), Vijitha Muthugala (Chief Engineer), Sirantha Chularathne, Anuradha Nuwan, Prasad Niroshana, Eranda Amila, Janaka Lasantha, Nishantha Kumara, Shalika Amarathunga, Gayan Asanka and Kushan Nanayakkara has worked day and night to build multiple robots with advanced features to work as remote medical assistants.

 “For over 60 years, Atlas has been a company that put the national interest at the forefront. We are humbled to be able to contribute to the national cause at a time of need with home grown innovations that address a vital need to overcome one of the biggest pandemics the world has ever faced,” Asitha Samaraweera, Managing Director, Atlas Axillia stated.

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