March 18, 2018 (Colombo)

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Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in collaboration with Arimac Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, announced the introduction of an intelligent humanoid robot, as a Customer Assistant at the Dialog Iconic flagship store.

The cloud-based humanoid robot, designed specifically for commercial use in the retail, hospitality, healthcare and education industries, is part of Dialog’s efforts to expand its Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) product portfolio, along with introducing the next generation of robotics to Sri Lankan customers. The Humanoid Customer Assistant is able to greet and assist with providing advice on promotions and offers on its HD visual touch screen and further elaborate on any of the selected options with a detailed explanation of a promotion or offer along with an accompanying video/music and can entertain and engage with customers due to its facial recognition and voice interaction capabilities. It can even locate the charging station and energise itself automatically enabling continuous and uninterrupted service.

Speaking about Humanoid Robots, Sandra De Zoysa, Group Chief Customer Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC said, “We are introducing this pioneering technology with the aim of integrating the latest in man-machine interaction to help our customers who prefer the ‘self-serve’ option. With the 3D camera this bot can read your every gesture and we are certain that Humanoid Robots will in the near future, deliver more interactive and richer experiences, taking customer care to new heights.”

Introducing the new robot technology, Chamira Jayasinghe, Chief Executive Officer of Arimac Lanka (Pvt) Ltd said,"Arimac is in the forefront of enabling digital disruption in Sri Lanka. Our visionary zeal to find latest technologies and introduce them to our expansive portfolio of leading brands. Humanoid robots are our latest introduction that is powered by a complex cognitive platform, which encompasses a robust computer vision engine developed in-house. The launch of humanoid robots will be pivotal in introducing robotic technology to Sri Lanka, and we are privileged to share this journey with our longstanding partner, Dialog Axiata.”

About Arimac (Pvt) Ltd

Arimac is Sri Lanka’s premier end-to-end digital solutions provider in Mobile and Enterprise Solutions, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Immersive Technologies, and Game Design and Development

Arimac takes great pride in enabling digital disruption across its renowned global client portfolio, including Emirates, Axiata, Vodafone, Coca Cola, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and Nestle.

In 2016, it was the first to launch a 3D action game South Asia, "Kanchayudha", which comprised of a great storyline revolving around historical characters and events in Sri Lanka.

Arimac has also won numerous accolades including National Best Quality Software Award for 3 consecutive years and CSSL ICT Young Professional of the Year. Most Recently Arimac won the Gold Award for Digital Entertainment category at The ICTA “e- Swabhimani” 2017 awards ceremony for “Kanchayudha” game.