Rise of the robots: Changi Airport uses automated cleaning machines to keep Terminal 4 spotless

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Amidst all the hoo-ha over Changi Airport’s brand spanking new Terminal 4, here’s a cool tidbit to chew on. As if T4 isn’t cool and high-tech enough, now it will also use cleaning robots to keep the space spotless.

After a three-year search, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) has deployed four automated cleaning machines at T4, Channel NewsAsia reported. There are plans to add six more of these robots in 2018 — each one of them costs about $80,000, and can clean 1,600 sqm per hour.

Working alongside human housekeepers, the robots will be programmed to do things like mop, clean and pick up small items of trash at terminal floors, car parks and toilets. According to CAG, this will decrease housekeeping manpower by about 20 percent and make its employees better skilled.

After the robots’ efficiency has been tested out at T4, the other terminals will start to deploy the machines as well. Apparently, airports in New Zealand and parts of the United States also use similar cleaning technology.

Take a look at how it works below.

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