October 31, 2017      

BEIJING, China — Earlier this month, officials at Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court began using Sanbot King Kong, an AI-powered service robot designed by Qihan, to perform basic litigation services at the courthouse. The Qihan robot, named Xiaofa, joins more than 30 intelligent solutions recently introduced as part of the court’s All-Orientation Service & Whole-Process Conciliation initiative.

At 1.5 meters [5 ft.] in height, Xiaofa is equipped with multiple 3D vSLAM (vision simultaneous localization and mapping) cameras and six built-in microphones, allowing it to interact with courthouse visitors and perform basic litigation services. Powered by IBM Watson and Nuance, the Qihan robot uses innovative speech-recognition technology to transfer visitor inquiries to designated service portals.

“The Xiaofa humanoid robot is capable of memorizing and explaining over 7,000 Chinese laws and regulations, allowing it to assist visitors who would like to learn more about the litigation process, its rules, and details of prior cases,” said Zhao Lan, a litigation management official at the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court.

Xiaofa’s intelligent litigation services are intended to offer convenience to lawyers and citizens by reducing wait times. The Qihan robot should also reduce the cost of resources, raising efficiency within a rapidly growing market.

Qihan robot and RaaS

“Integrating robots in a cost-effective, efficient way to provide bring important information to the public sector,” said Ryan Wu, vice president of Qihan. “From the home to the factory and now to the courthouse, robotics as a service [RaaS] is an instrumental in industry solution that is transforming how we interactive with the world around us.”

The Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court is just one of several Chinese government bodies adopting artificial intelligence and robotic services. Other locations that will introduce their own Xiaofa service robots this year include the Intermediate People’s Court of Nanjing, Xi’an, and the Guangzhou Baiyun District People’s Court.

Sanbot King Kong will be officially released at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2018. The Qihan robot will be displayed in Booth No. 25436, South Hall 2, in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 9 to 12, 2018.

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