SGRecycle, a Singapore-based green technology start-up, said on Tuesday (Sept 21) that it raised $1.4 million in September from a seed funding round led by Recycling Industry Veteran Tai Hing Group to expand SGRecycle presence in Singapore.
SGRecycle said that it is pioneering a network of SGRecycle smart stations to be placed around Singapore which allows contactless recycling of paper waste by combining built-in sensors and cloud technology, this will potentially increase Singapore recycling rate by 5-10% which has been all-time low since 2019 post COVID-19 situation.
Founded in 2020, the company has been deploying SGRecycle pilot stations at 30 locations around Singapore, from shopping mall to community centres, schools and residential facilities. One of the first public deployments of SGRecycle station at AMK Hub has been met with overwhelming response. The SGRecycle station reportedly collected more waste paper by up to 10 times or more, with the one deployed to the first township of Tampines which strives to be model Eco-Town by 2025 in line with Singapore Green Plan 2030.
The general public can use SGRecycle station to recycle waste paper for some cash incentive or merchant vouchers. The box-shaped recycling station can sense and weigh paper waste to be recycled by user via sensors triggered when a significant amount of paper waste has been accumulated and credit points to their mobile account.
“This reduces the risk of COVID infection and also increase the general public awareness of returning their trash for cash as the same time saving our environment together,” said Mr Looi, Co-Founder of SGRecycle. “Everyone plays a part in this eco-system in line with Singapore Green Plan 2030. We hopes for a greener and cleaner Singapore by 2030.”
SGRecycle plans incorporate more AI & green elements like facial recognition and solar panels in future models. The big data could then be analysed via their algorithm on a data wall on recycling trends and user behaviour.
RHA Media Group, the publishing agency home to an eclectic array of publications including the Top 10, CSR Malaysia and NiagaTimes, has recently welcomed Ms Helisuriani Muda into its accomplished team as the new Director of Corporate Affairs. This new role will see Ms Helis overseeing RHA Media Group’s internal and external corporate communications, public relations and managing all related agency affairs and support.
A graduate from the University of Tun Abdul Razak Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, majoring in Strategic Leadership with Honours, she brings with her 17 years of experience in developing and implementing strategic communications across a wide range of industries and sectors of the corporate communications spectrum – from media and public relations to change management, crisis communications, strategic planning and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
Prior to her role at RHA Media Group, Ms Helis has gained a multitude of skills from her time working at Maybank Berhad, having moved to various departments within the bank namely, Centralized Payment, Credit Administration Centre and Business Communications. She continued her career with the Badminton Association of Malaysia and Dentsu, one of the largest advertising agency networks in the world, where she led in the areas of corporate communications and public relations, and worked with internal and external proactive media and communications professionals internationally.
“I’m thrilled to lead RHA Media Group’s corporate affairs’ strategic agendas to advance and safeguard its business interests and corporate reputation. Taking up this role during such exciting times, I am elated to continue building on the successes of RHA Media Group in a rapidly-evolving space,” comments Ms. Helis on her new position.
“I believe that in life you may stumble and fall a thousand times but the point is to have the willingness to get up and start again.”
SoftBank Robotics Group Corp (SBRG) has announced a global partnership with Keenon Robotics, the global leading AI company focusing on indoor intelligent service robots. This global launch is a follow-up from SoftBank World event announcement on Sept 15th that SoftBank Robotics is collaborating with Keenon Robotics on a global strategic partnership.
SBRG and Keenon Robotics will work together to expand the use of robotics systems in the service industry that will allow better efficiency and productivity. The increased operational efficiency gained from service robots will allow businesses to allocate more time and resources for service crews to refocus on customer service.
In line with Singapore’s vision and initiatives to become a Smart Nation, SBRG aims to launch a series of robots that will support the government’s initiative and accelerate the adoption of robotics technology in industries such as F&B, cleaning, hospitality, security, healthcare, logistics and more. Advances in robotics and technology will lead to job transformation over the next few years.
As part of the global expansion, SBRG will be working with various stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to encourage the adoption of robotics in their respective fields. The growth in digitalisation, automation and robotics in the services sector with the use of AI will foster growth of the delivery robotics market.
Keenbot by Keenon Robotics will be launched in key SBRG’s markets starting with Singapore and Japan followed by Europe, Middle East and the United States. The Keenbot solution is equipped with multi-point delivery modes and is able to deliver four dishes at one time which is particularly suited for the service industry.
The robot has an intelligent scheduling system, obstacle avoidance, flexible structure and speed limit in smart zones as part of its workflow processes making it the right technology to use in tandem with human capabilities.
“At SoftBank Robotics, it is all about leveraging the technologies of tomorrow to create better solutions,” said SoftBank Robotics Corp., Kenichi Yoshida, Chief Business Officer. “The partnership with Keenon Robotics, the global leading AI company focusing on indoor intelligent service robots will allow us to deliver cutting edge solutions as an integrated system to increase capability and efficiency in the service industry as well as achieve greater savings.”
With the current disruption from the pandemic-induced lockdowns, technological adoption in the form of robotics by businesses will transform tasks, jobs and skills. In addition, Singapore’s focus on being a Smart Nation and its mission to become a knowledge-based and innovative country encouraged SBRG to choose the nation as its international launchpad to announce the global partnership with Keenon Robotics. Local Food and Beverage operators are also seeing the rise of integrating robotics solutions in their operations.
“We are proud to partner with SoftBank Robotics, the leader in the robotics solutions industry,” said Keenon Robotics, Tony Li, Chief Executive Officer. “As the cost of labour increases, technology becomes an affordable solution creating an increased appetite for automation alongside human tasks. The Keenbot is one such example of a solution that is meant for convenience and performs well when completing repetitive operational tasks that require precision.”
Source: Keenon Robotics & SoftBank Robotics
Fullerton Health has served the migrant workers community since the early days of the pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, their medical teams supported the health needs of quarantined migrant workers at over 20 dormitories. Today, they run a regional medical center at Cochrane Recreation Centre servicing a population of 40,000 migrant workers in the North of Singapore.
Their efforts to further improve accessibility have motivated their team to conceptualize the Fullerton DigiHealth Kiosk to integrate teleconsultation capabilities with automated vending of medications for common symptoms. The kiosk minimizes the need for patient travel and eliminates waiting time for delivery.
The first Fullerton DigiHealth Kiosk will be piloted at the North Coast Lodge, a dormitory that houses up to 9000 migrant workers located in the north of Singapore. At the kiosk, workers may scan their work pass for ease of registration and video call the doctor who will explain the medication required and the uses. Medication is stored securely in the Kiosk under manufacturer recommended storage conditions. Once prescribed, the Medication will be automatically dispensed on the spot. Medical certification, receipts and referral letters can also be printed.
“Our purpose has always been to advocate and find ways to improve health outcomes and make care more affordable. This is just one example of our digital transformation efforts and driving innovation that has potential for real impact on the ground,” said Ho Kuen Loon, GCEO Fullerton Health. “Our intention is expanding the use of Fullerton DigiHealth kiosks as a complementary channel to extend the reach of our existing clinic network and telemedicine services to deliver a seamless online to offline experience for our patients.”
Source: Fullerton Health Pte Ltd
Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines continues stepping up as a force for good by supporting the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) mission to assist in the government’s national COVID-19 vaccination program.
P&G recently donated over 5 million pesos to fund PRC COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinics, popularly known as ‘Bakuna Buses’. Over the next eight months, they will deploy three mobile vaccination clinics that will serve at least 150 barangays and 15,000 highly vulnerable Filipinos in CALABARZON who are especially challenged in accessing LGU bakuna centers. These include senior citizens, persons with disabilities, bed-ridden patients, and persons with special needs. This not only supports the government’s vaccination program but also protects communities in region 4, which is home to P&G’s Cabuyao manufacturing plant and where P&G employees and their families live and work.
In their virtual turnover ceremony, PRC’s Secretary General, Elizabeth Zavalla, along with Red Cross CALABARZON’s chapter administrators, expressed their heartfelt gratitude for P&G’s long-standing partnership with the private organization and for choosing CALABARZON as the beneficiary area of the Bakuna Buses.
“This is another milestone for our partnership. We could not thank Procter & Gamble enough for this continuing partnership, for always trusting the Philippine Red Cross, and for your leadership in supporting humanitarian efforts.”
The fully-equipped PRC Mobile Vaccine Clinics are set to make two to four visits per barangay to cover the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the Philippine Red Cross is in the process of determining the key cities in region 4A that are of utmost priority for this program, with a population of highly vulnerable people as one of the factors for consideration.
“P&G strives to be a Force for Good in the Philippines. We focus on the protection, prevention, and vaccination of our employees, their families, and our communities. At the start of the pandemic, we re-purposed our plant to produce and donate 3 million medical-grade face masks to protect the frontline,” said Raffy Fajardo, President and General Manager of P&G Philippines.
“We continuously donate thousands of P&G health and hygiene kits to vulnerable families and communities to prevent sickness in their homes. Now, the Mobile Vaccination Clinics are a timely initiative to provide vaccine access and protection for highly vulnerable individuals who need it most.”
P&G Philippines is also on the road to getting its employees vaccinated with an 80% vaccination completion rate. Apart from the company purchased vaccines, they have also partnered with the local governments of Taguig and Cabuyao to execute vaccine administrations for their workforce in these cities.
Aiming to complete their employee vaccination in October, they also hope to begin their commitment to vaccinate employees’ families, all eligible dependents, and additional members from employee households.
Source: Procter & Gamble Philippines