Hyderabad-based Vistan NextGen, a high-tech solutions start-up to bring Robot-As-A-Service (RaaS) to the country to help businesses lower the cost of ownership.

The company, which has signed a pact with third-party players to manufacture the “Flunkey” robot brand, will begin commercial sales after the Pongal season. It will also make robots available under RaaS.

The robots will meet the needs of sectors such as healthcare, retail, hospitality, education and banking. The firm said the robots would be useful for organizations in managing their customers during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have two suppliers who have reserved robots. We are going to prepare 55 to 60 robots in the coming weeks for sales and also for RaaS offers ”, said Rama Raju Singam, founder of Vistan NextGen.

The company will seek help from the Telangana government to set up a manufacturing plant by March.

Rama Raju said the company has so far invested £ 1million in product development. It has around 75 employees, including 50 at the Hyderabad Innovation Center.

He said the company is also working on the development of a humanoid. “It will be ready by June 2021,” he said.

“We will be deploying robots over the next year that are custom-designed not only for various social, service and industrial jobs, but also for many consumer interface tasks,” he said.

While the Sushruth robot will help patients make appointments and pay consultation fees, Nightingale Robot acts as a nursing assistant, taking basic measurements of temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and the level of oxygen in the blood.