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Drone and robot work autonomously together to improve security services

By Arie Egozi 

Israeli company Percepto is enhancing its security services portfolio offered by its Sparrow drone-in-a-box by working together with the Spot agile robot developed by Boston Dynamics. The company’s autonomous inspection and monitoring (AIM) platform provides visual data management and analysis, detects anomalies and provides alerts when risks are discovered.

Percepto AIM will deploy the most suitable robot independently without human accompaniment to retrieve and stream the required data. The platform also seamlessly reports to assess risk, minimize downtime, drive efficiency and reduce operational costs without human intervention.

The Sparrow drone is capable of processing the data collected by its payload independently and at the same time stream tdata to a ground station.

The idea behind the teaming of the drone with the ground robot is to detect anomalies by the drone and if necessary to send the robot for a closer look.

“Our customers, who include some of the world’s leading utility, oil and gas sites, mining and other critical infrastructure facilities, are eager to fully embrace automation across their operations….We’re excited to be the first to empower our customers with truly autonomous inspection and monitoring, driven by the management of multiple visual robotic data sources together with other visual sources including piloted drones, CCTV and mobile cameras, on site or remotely,” said Dor Abuhasira, CEO and Co-Founder Percepto,

Spot is an agile mobile robot developed by Boston Dynamics that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility. Percepto has integrated Spot with AIM for the robot to automate inspection rounds completely controlled remotely via the platform. Spot carries Percepto’s payloads for high resolution imaging and thermal vision to detect issues including hot spots on machines or electrical conductors, water and steam leaks around plants and equipment with degraded performance, with the data relayed via AIM.

“Combining Percepto’s Sparrow drone with Spot creates a unique solution for remote inspection,” said Michael Perry, VP of Business Development at Boston Dynamics. “This partnership demonstrates the value of harnessing robotic collaborations and the insurmountable benefits to worker safety and cost savings that robotics can bring to industries that involve hazardous or remote work.”

(Image: Perecepto)

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