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Meet ‘Zafira’, A Humanoid Robot That Ensures You Follow COVID-19 Precautionary Measures At Public Places

Zafira, a robot in the form of a human performs thermal screening and alerts if a person is not following COVID guidelines and dispenses hand sanitiser

Meet ‘Zafira’, A Humanoid Robot That Ensures You Follow COVID-19 Precautionary Measures At Public Places
  • Zafira is a humanoid robot developed by ZafiRobots
  • Zafira can perform thermal screening and dispense hand sanitiser
  • Zafira costs Rs. 3.5 lakh and is being used at 2 stores in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: “Hi, I am Zafira and I am here to protect you from COVID spread. Welcome to The Chennai Silks”, says Zafira, greeting customers in a shop. Clad in a beautiful red saree, traditional jewellery, hand sanitiser in the left hand and a vision sensor on her eyes, Zafira is a robot in an eye-catching human appearance. The humanoid robot has been deployed at a couple of public places in Tamil Nadu to ensure people follow COVID-19 precautionary measures that include wearing a face mask, and maintaining social distance.

Developed by Trichy based company ZafiRobots, Zafira is currently deployed at two garment stores in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy and Kumbakonam. To put it simply, Zafira a robot, checks the body temperature of every individual entering a store, alert if a visitor is not wearing a mask or not practising social distancing. Along with this, it dispenses sanitiser and asks people to use it before they move on to shopping. The robot also keeps a track of the number of people entering the store at one time.

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Talking about the innovation and its working, Aashik Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of ZafiRobots said,

The sanitiser machine in the left hand is sensor based which means you have to keep your hand under the machine and it will dispense sanitiser. In the right hand, Zafira holds live video visual system which provides live video streaming of people’s mask, body temperature and walk-in count. The vision sensor on her eyes keeps a thorough check on social distancing and capture COVID suspects. All the data directly goes to management. If someone is not wearing a mask, through its voice interactive system the robot alerts the person and says, ‘kindly wear a mask’. The robot is also equipped to guide people about the store – different sections and floors.

According to the information provided by Mr Rahman, the idea behind this robot is to ensure smooth re-opening of activities after the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. He said,

As part of unlock, shopping malls, gyms, and other commercial activities are restarting. The more people go out and the more they interact with each other, the higher the chance of the disease spreading its wings. The new normal calls for wearing a mask especially in public places and maintaining a physical distance. The robot promotes the same.

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Though the robot has been designed by ZafiRobots, the idea was originally conceptualised by Chennai based ‘The Chennai Silks’ store. The Managing Director of the garment store approached the innovators and asked them to design something that can take the place of a human. Elaborating more on the idea, Anand Kumar, General Manager of The Chennai Silks said,

We could have asked one of our employees to perform the same job but we want to ensure the safety of both our employees and customers. While we have opened our stores, we want to ensure we don’t contribute to the spread of the disease. Therefore, we got a robot to encourage people to wear masks and maintain distance.

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As per Mr Kumar, so far the results have been encouraging and customers have also appreciated the innovation. Zafira robot costing Rs. 3.5 lakh will be deployed at two more branches of The Chennai Silks and a hospital whose name cannot be disclosed currently. In a hospital, Zafira will perform similar functions while taking the look of a nurse.

COVID Innovations By ZafiRobots

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, ZafiRobots has been innovating to assist the healthcare workers and reduce their workload in some way. In the last five months, the team has introduced four kinds of robots – Zafi, Zafi Go, Zafi Clean and Zafi Sterilise. Briefing on the other innovations, Mr Rahman said,

Zafi Go is an upgraded version of Zafi. Both robots help hospital staff in delivering medicines and food to the patients. Both robots are autonomous with an indoor navigation system which means doctors can feed in the details like ward number, bed number 3 and the robot will automatically go there. A screen on Zafi Go’s face helps doctors to interact with their patients while they sit apart. It can carry 25 kgs and costs Rs. 1.5 lakh. 47 such robots have been deployed in hospitals in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Meet ‘Zafira’, A Humanoid Robot That Ensures You Follow COVID-19 Precautionary Measures At Public Places

Zafi Go helps hospital staff in delivering medicines and food to COVID-19 patients

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As the names suggest, Zafi clean helps in cleaning a ward and Zafi sterilise disinfects the room. Costing Rs. 1.4 lakh, Zafi clean, a long body robot has jet spray and mop attached to it. Based on the instructions of the operator, the robot performs the job.

Meet ‘Zafira’, A Humanoid Robot That Ensures You Follow COVID-19 Precautionary Measures At Public Places

While Zafi clean helps in cleaning a ward, Zafi Sterilise disinfects the room

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Zafi sterilise robot that costs Rs. 1.7 lakh has ultraviolet (UV) light affixed to its body. The UV light sterilise the area. Dr. Avinash Kumar Agarwal, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur said that scientists have known for decades about UV’s ability to disinfect. and for many years, it has been used for sterilisation in medical settings, food production and a number of other places.

All robots can be operated in any of the three ways that are through autonomous indoor navigation, remote control, or mobile application. Though all our innovations await trial, their usage has already begun, said Mr Rahman.

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Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 3:42 am.


3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17


51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554


29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253


Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11


14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1


10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3


10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20



9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13



8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45


Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14



7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10



7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9



6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1


6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5


6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39



3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20



3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8


Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3


1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31



1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2


1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30



1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2


84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1


84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3


65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1


Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5



32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9



32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5



21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


1 0





28 1

10,315 1


Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2



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