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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