robot safety

All that Robotics brings to Security & Rescue

  • Robotnik is currently involved in 5 projects focused on the security and rescue sectors.

Robotnik focuses a significant part of its work and resources on R&D projects related to the automation and digitalization of industry through robotic applications

Since 2002, Robotnik has been involved in more than 60 projects, most of them at European level and others at local level,

30 projects are currently on progress, each of them of different nature: some of them with objectives oriented to logistics, health sector, or agri-food, among others.

This post compiles 5 of the open robotics projects related to public safety and rescue. 

R&D in Europe

One of Europe's main challenges is to promote research and development within companies, as it is the key to the competitiveness and productivity of each economic sector in the long term. For this reason, there are official funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 that provide support in this regard.

In particular, R&D in robotics technologies has become more important than ever in recent years. There is hardly any country that does not invest - both at company, government and institutional level - in robotics.

This increase in investment is due to several factors, for example, the huge development of some of the catalysts of robotics such as 5G or Artificial Intelligence, which provide an ideal framework, with connections and capabilities that did not exist before.

What are security R&D projects?

Perhaps there is a greater lack of knowledge about research and innovation in this area, but there is much that mobile robotics is contributing to this field. Ministries of Defense, institutions focused on rescue or emergency operations, civil protection, law enforcement and the sectors that work for public safety in general, have their sights set on the advances that this technology represents.

There are different forms of insecurity that can affect citizens, 'be it crime, violence, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters, cyber-attacks or abuses of privacy, and other forms of social and economic disorder'. European Commission.

The projects in which Robotnik is involved aim to understand, detect, prevent, deter, prepare and protect against security threats.

The following points, taken from the European Commission's own website, perfectly summarize the activities that this research framework focuses on:

- Fighting crime, illegal trafficking and terrorism, including understanding and combating terrorist ideas and beliefs;

- Protecting and enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and transport modes;

- Strengthening security through border management;

- Improve cyber security;

- Increase Europe's resilience to crises and disasters;

- Ensuring privacy and freedom, including on the Internet, and improving society's legal and ethical understanding of all areas of security, risk and management;

- Improve standardization and interoperability of systems, including for emergency purposes;

- Supporting the Union's external security policies, including conflict prevention and peace-building.

Following this contextual framework, the following are the security and rescue projects in which Robotnik is currently involved:

CREST

Fight crime with an autonomous platform with an advanced prediction, prevention, operation and investigation platform leveraging the IoT ecosystem.

Robotnik, as a hardware supplier, is developing a new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) concept capable of autonomously deploying a small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in the field.

  • Threat detection and assessment.
  • Dynamic mission planning and adaptive navigation for improved surveillance based on autonomous systems.
  • Distributed command and control of law enforcement missions.
  • Sharing of information and exchange of digital evidence based on blockchain.
  • Delivery of pertinent information to different stakeholders in an interactive manner tailored to their needs.

RESPOND-A

It aims to develop holistic and user-friendly solutions for first responders. Robotnik is responsible for the development of robots for hazardous environments and support missions and participates in the development of interfaces between emergency robots and the command-and-control application.

  • Equipment tools and mission-critical strategies for First Responders
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Passive and active localization and tracking
  • Interactive multi-view 360º video streaming.
  • Autonomous robot and unmanned aerial vehicle coordination.

ROBORDER

Border authorities and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) across Europe face significant challenges in the way they patrol and protect borders. ROBORDER aims to develop and demonstrate a fully functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and land vehicles.

Robotnik, as a hardware supplier, is developing a new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) concept capable of autonomously deploying a small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in the field.

  • Autonomous swarm of heterogeneous Robots for BORDER surveillance.
  • Fully-functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles, capable of functioning both as standalone and in swarms.
  • Detection capabilities for early identification of criminal activities and hazardous incidents.

INTREPID

The aim here is to provide first responders with a new approach to accelerate the exploration and assessment of hazardous sites, enabling a rapid and effective response. To revolutionize first responder operations in the early stages of a disaster when the chances of saving lives are greatest and operations are slowed down by many types of uncertainties.

Robotnik's role in the project is to design and develop an intelligent unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) capable of performing exploration missions through rugged terrain or complex indoor locations.

  • Reconnaissance and Assessment in Perilous Incidents
  • A quick response is key in order to save lives and minimize environmental damage.
  • Develop a platform that will allow first responders to safely explore the scene, analyze and assess the existing threats and decide, based on reliable information about the situation, on the next steps to take.
  • Use cybernetic assistants (smart autonomous vehicles) to enhance the speed, range and effectiveness of complex site exploration.

FASTER

FASTER will provide innovative, accepted and efficient tools that enhance the capabilities of first responders in terms of situational awareness and communication.

Robotnik is the leader of the project's Work Package 5: "Autonomous Platforms". It involves the development of a new RB-CAR vehicle and also a SUMMIT-XL robot. They will be used by first responders to explore and check the environment and also to transport some heavy materials.

  • Tactical situational awareness providing innovative visualization services for a portable Common Operational Picture for both indoor and outdoor scenarios representation.
  • Data collection providing a secure IoT platform for distributed.
  • Resilient communication at the field level providing haptic communication capabilities, communication with K9s; and at the infrastructure level through 5G technologies and UAVs.

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mobile robots applications

Mobile robotics applications: more safety and productivity for your plant

The applications of mobile robotics have enabled numerous industries to take advantage of all the benefits that intelligent automation brings to any production line. Mobile robotics applications have been the key automated tool for creating safer, more efficient industrial spaces and achieving greater productivity.

What can mobile robotics do to improve an industrial plant?

Simplification of process manipulation

The applications of mobile robotics in any industrial field are designed to optimize any production processes which could prove overly dangerous or repetitive for workers. 

Therefore, mobile industrial robots are designed to be tools that provide solutions and offer functionalities that simplify the jobs.

We just need to look at the functioning of a mobile manipulator that has all the information and room for movements to help it identify a material, handle it according to its weight, size, and fragility.

Safe collaborative work areas

Collaborative mobile robots are equipped with specific components to ensure they can share a work area with operators without exposing them to any type of risk. 

They work in a coordinated way, with sensors that detect when people are near, thus adapting their strength, speed, or route to prioritize worker safety. Even though they are autonomous robots operating remotely, the information they process is managed by the human workers who control their functioning.

Better productivity and better use of resources

There are considerable time savings because mobile robots or mobile manipulators act predictively to manage all the resources at their disposal (time and raw materials to be processed) more efficiently.

Productivity is also higher because robot applications reduce errors, reduce defective products, and improves the quality of the finished product. 

Industrial areas where mobile robotics applications have been the key to success

Safety

Inspection and maintenance tasks can incur risks and mean having to operate in unsafe areas, which is why mobile robots can be very helpful in perfecting these processes and overcoming difficulties.

This is the case with autonomous rescue robots which can detect the presence of gases or carry out search operations, becoming an automated tool with sensors and GPS controlled by emergency units to operate faster and with fewer risks.

Agri-food

In the horticulture and farming sectors, robot mobile manipulators handle repetitive tasks that save considerable time, but also prioritize precision and the exact identification of the materials they are handling.

Collaborative robots are now commonly used in fruit picking, grafting, and insect cultivation where artificial intelligence provides predictive data to optimize farms and plantations.

Health

Mobile robotics applications have also become tools that greatly improve quality of life and provide autonomy to dependent people.

Mobile robots can even be adapted into robotic or motorized shower systems for people with functional disabilities, to enable them to shower on their own by giving orders to the robot. 

Collaborative mobile robots can also become excellent hospital assistants, offering support in operating theatres, ICUs, or areas of risk for the healthcare team.

Logistics

Industrial robots have become a key technology in this industry, especially for tasks like transportation and picking tasks.


Robotnik sponsors the GTRob awards

Robotnik, once again, sponsors the GTRob (Robotics Thematic Group) awards from CEA Automática, an organization made up of numerous private partners and institutions in the field of automation, process control and new technologies.

The awards granted by the GTRob are the "Prize for the best doctoral thesis on robotics", with a prize of € 900; and the "Prize for the best robotics communication of the Automation Conference", with a cost of € 300. Both distinctions will be delivered within the framework of the ‘XL Automation Conference’ that will be held in Ferrol from September 4 to 6, 2019.

The Automation Conference is organized by different Spanish-speaking universities or research centers with the aim of bringing together professors, researchers, students and professionals in the field of Automation to discuss topics related to teaching and research (among others, automation and control, instrumentation, robotics, modeling and simulation of systems, etc.).

 

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The ‘National Robotics Conference’ is back

The next edition of the ‘National Robotics Conference’, organized by the Spanish Automation Committee (CEA), will take place in Alicante on June 13 and 14 continuing the editions previously held in Valladolid in 2018 and in Valencia in 2017.

Robotnik, as in previous years, will attend to publicize our vision of how collaborative mobile robots contribute to the improvement of production processes. It will be in the presentation of our colleague Néstor Bolinches ‘Collaborative Mobile Robotics: from R&D to Industry 4.0’ that will take place next Thursday, June 13 from 19:15 to 20:15 in the EPS I building of the Higher Polytechnic School of the University from Alicante, on the San Vicente del Raspeig Campus.

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Robotnik in Advanced Factories 2019

Robotnik will present its solution for intralogistics at Advanced Factories

The RB-2 BASE collects, transports and automatically delivers goods up to 200 kg

Robotnik, European leader in collaborative mobile robotics since 2002, will attend the 3rd edition of Advanced Factories, to be held in Barcelona from 9th to 11th April at the International Convention Center of Barcelona. At Robotnik's booth H122 will be displayed the autonomous mobile manipulator RB-KAIROS and platforms for industry RB-1 BASE and RB-2 BASE . Of all of these, you will see demos in real time.

Also, Robotnik will take part in the round table Robotic mobility and logistics: Make way for the autonomous platforms within the largest European conference on industrial innovation, the  Industry 4.0 Congress de Advanced Factories. Mrs. Maria Benitez, Director of sales and marketing, will share cases of success and the experience of the Company in the industry 4.0.

Robotnik's technology solution enables your portfolio robots see all obstacles within 360°, navigating autonomously and seeking the more efficient path to bring the load to its destination. Fast and efficient commissioning, how to work safely in a collab environment, and flexibility are some of its main advantages. Robotnik awaits you at stand H122 to answer questions on how to optimize and improve productivity of your production facility, warehouse or industry.


Collaboration between a mobile robot SUMMIT-XL and a drone DJI Matrix 100

Collaboration between a land mobile robot "Summit XL" and a drone "DJI Matrix 100" for the realization of an automated inventory in logistics warehouse, developed by the Université du Havre.  The acquisition of inventory data is done from an Android application installed on a smartphone under the drone

C.E.H HARIK, F.GUERIN, F.GUINAND, J.F.BRETHE, H.PELVILLAIN - "Towards An Autonomous Warehouse Inventory Scheme" - IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2016) - Athens (Greece) - December 6-9, 2016 – Best Paper Award

C.E.H HARIK, F.GUERIN, F.GUINAND, J.F. BRETHE, H. PELVILLAIN, J.Y.PAREDE – ”Fuzzy logic controller for predictive vision-based target tracking with an unmanned aerial vehicle” –
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01691864.2016.1271500 - Advanced Robotics, Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), Volume 31 - Issue 7, Pages 368-381, 2017


Robotnik will introduce its mobile robotics news in ROSCon and IROS 2018

Are you thinking in mobile robotics?! So, you must visit us at ROSCon and IROS 2018!

The current edition of these events is really special because will celebrate in Madrid. This is an excellent opportunity to know the last news in robotics. In this case, Robotnik will show some of its novel mobile robots and mobile manipulators as RB-1 Base, RB-2 Base and RB-Kairos.

The motto of IROS 2018 is “Towards a Robotic Society”. According of this, Robotnik will introduce its advances in autonomous mobile robots and how they contribute to an advanced society. We are bronze sponsors of the event and will be a pleasure to attend you at the booth 78-79.

Previously, we will attend ROSCon 2018 as Silver sponsors.

Robotnik is a reference in Mobile Service Robotics and inside which provides a reliable solution for indoor transport. For logistics, our solution integrates the robots, localization system, configuration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS). You could see it in action at ROSCon and IROs 2018!

We're looking forward to your visit!

 


Automatica 2018, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics

Automatica 2018, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics, has just started (June 19-22, Munich). In it, Robotnik is showing its solution for indoor transport with Collaborative Mobile Robots. Our RB-2 BASE is working at the Demo Area, making the typical logistic tasks to move goods in an industrial environment. Furthermore, at the Robotnik's booth B4/521 we are introducing our mobile platform RB-1 BASE.

Both Collaborative Mobile Robots are a great tool to workers in logistics tasks. At this moment, industries are ready for the CMR, because their installations don’t need practically to modify its environment (layout). In fact, the installation only takes few days, and the operator does not need to have any special programming experience.

We provide a reliable solution for indoor transport. A solution that integrates robots, localization systems, configuration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS).

Take advantage of it!

 


Robotnik will be present in the International Trade Fair Automatica 2018

We will show our mobile robots for logistics at our booth (B4/521) and in the demo park with our RB-2 Base with our solution for indoor transport.

We have a large experience in collaborative mobile robots and our solution integrates robots, localization systems, configuration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS).

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Come to the ‘National Robotics Conference’ to know the latest news in mobile robotics

The ‘National Robotics Conference’, organized by the Spanish Automation Committee (CEA), will take place on June 14 and 15, 2018 at the School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Valladolid and take over from the conferences that were very successful were held in 2017 in Valencia.

CEA, through its Robotics Thematic Group (GTROB), promote these workshops to give visibility and show the activity that is carried out in the field of robotics research and technology transfer.

Robotnik invites you to the ‘National Robotics Conference’ to learn about the latest developments in mobile robotics. We will also share our vision on how collaborative mobile robots can contribute to the improvement of production processes. It will be at the round table ‘The New Challenges of Robotics in Industry 4.0’ that will take place on June 15 at 12:00 at the School of Industrial Engineering.

Do not miss it!

 

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