AUDIO: As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm healthcare services globally,
VISUAL: Image of the COVID-19 virus and its spread across the world map.
AUDIO: a UK-Indica collaboration has stepped in to provide frontline staff in India with some much-needed support.
VISUAL: image of workers in personal protective equipment and working in a lab.
AUDIO: Meet SEVILI, the caretaker robot helping to save lives.
VISUAL: Image of the robot SEVILI
AUDIO: Originally designed to help the elderly with their daily activities the robot is now helping frontline health workers to treat and interact with COVID-19 patients.
VISUAL: image of the robot SEVILI going into a patient room and a doctor seeing the patient through a mobile app.
AUDIO: When the pandemic hit,
VISUAL: image of bus sign noting essential travel only.
AUDIO: the SEVILI project team decided to pivot their innovation
VISUAL: image of the SEVILI research team next to the robot.
AUDIO: to reduce health workers' exposure to COVID-19 and the risk of transmitting the disease to others.
VISUAL: image of the robot travelling around a hospital.
AUDIO: "It's a great experience that we have learned and designed for emergency in the pandemic situation. Thanks to Academy."
VISUAL: Professor D. Dinakaran speaking. Caption: Professor D. Dinakaran - Head at Centre for Automation and Robotics, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
AUDIO: SEVILI is operated from outside the hospital ward using a joystick and mobile app.
VISUAL: doctor demonstrating the video on the robot and app.
AUDIO: The robot runs on rechargeable batteries, making it affordable,
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AUDIO: And comes with the added benefit of understanding local languages making it easier for medics and patients to interact.
VISUAL: Staff watching the robot in the hospital.
AUDIO: Currently, there are 8 SEVILI present in 2 hospitals across Tamil Nadu.
VISUAL: Image of Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Caption: Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Image of Chengalpattu Government Medical College. Caption: Chengalpattu Government Medical College
AUDIO: With each robot capable of handling 50 patients at a time.
VISUAL: SEVILI Robots moving around.
AUDIO: Meaning, it can reduce the health worker-patient physical interaction by up-to 60%.
VISUAL: SEVILI in a patient room with doctors stood back.
AUDIO: Owing to the potential and success of SEVILI
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AUDIO: Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre
VISUAL: Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology logo and Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre logo
AUDIO: Is supporting the manufacturing of SEVILI.
VISUAL: image of SEVILI in development.
AUDIO: The team are discussing a potential collaboration with
VISUAL: picture of the project team.
AUDIO: the National Institute for Empowering People with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) to develop assistive devices.
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AUDIO: "The experience gained through the Royal Academy funded project helped us developing the SEVILI robot within a short span of time."
VISUAL: Professor M. M. Ramya speaking. Caption: Professor M. M. Ramya - Professor at Centre for Automation and Rol, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
AUDIO: The project was supported through the Industry-Academia Partnership Programme,
VISUAL: Image of the project team and healthcare staff.
AUDIO: delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
VISUAL: Image of Royal Academy of Engineering. Caption: Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Image of Federation House. Caption: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
AUDIO: This project is one of the many meaningful initiatives under the Newton-Bhabha partnership
VISUAL: Newspaper article about SEVILI
AUDIO: which work towards solving global challenges through combined efforts of the UK and India's world class research and innovative capabilities.
VISUAL: SEVILI robot images.
VISUAL: Logos from: Newton-Bhabha Fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, FICCI, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, AXIS global automation, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, NIEPMD, University of Leeds