Tech Mahindra unveils HR humanoid for Noida special economic zone

Tech Mahindra unveils HR humanoid for Noida special economic zone
24 Jun, 2019

Pune-based information technology firm Tech Mahindra has launched a human resource humanoid for Noida special economic zone in Uttar Pradesh.

Called K2, the humanoid will take over routine HR activities to provide constant assistance to the HR team and improve employee experience, the company said.

“K2 has been designed to add value to the employee lifecycle across various touch points and ready ourselves to be a workplace of the future,” said Harshvendra Soin, chief people officer at Tech Mahindra.

The company said in a statement that the artificial intelligence-powered K2 initiates conversation without any need for wake-up commands. For differently abled, the humanoid can respond to queries with text display along with speech, it added.

The humanoid can address general and specific HR-related employee queries as well as handle personal requests for actions like providing payslip and tax forms etc. It will enable the HR team to focus on other important areas for employees’ development, it added.

The company said it has already implemented an AI-based facial recognition system to register the attendance of employees. This has drastically reduced the time spent by an associate in updating the timesheet.

The IT firm plans to deploy the next humanoid in its Pune campus. It will enable the K2 software for enhanced engagement with improved communication skills to carry out empathetic conversations.

The company’s first humanoid was introduced earlier this month at Hyderabad campus.

Recently, Tech Mahindra launched Talex, the world’s first AI-driven marketplace of talent that maps skills of the existing talent pool.

Last week, Tech Mahindra had said that it signed a multi-year contract with aircraft maker Airbus to help the company with design engineering capabilities for its cabin and cargo holds.

In the first week of June, the company had opened a technology centre in the United States. The new centre in Missouri will leverage new-generation technologies apart from creating local employment opportunities.

Last month, the company had said that it ws deepening its association with networking giant Cisco to drive outcomes around automation, analytics and security.