The autonomous inspection drone developed by the Israeli company Percepto will soon be joined by a robotized four-legged friend on the ground. To this end, the company has raised a substantial investment and has entered into a partnership with Boston Dynamics, the developer of robot dog Spot. The goal is that drone and robot dog can go on reconnaissance missions together.
Robot dog Spot will collaborate with Percepto inspection drone
Percepto is one of the leading developers of autonomous inspection and surveillance drones. The company’s solution includes a box from which a drone can take off to carry out missions. In principle, the system functions standalone; no drone pilot is required. You can watch from a control room when the drone flies a security round or performs an inspection.
Although overview images from the air are sufficient in many cases, there are situations conceivable where it would not be wrong to have a look on the ground. That is why Percepto wants to expand its Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM) platform with robots on the ground. First, the robot dog Spot from Boston Dynamics will be integrated into the system.
Spot is the first robot from the Boston Dynamics stable to become available for commercial purposes after years of development. The four-legged robot is able to clamber over difficult terrain independently. The robot dog is equipped with a laser scanner and a 360º camera to view the surroundings and to map out a route. The robot can be sent on a remote mission, where, just like the drone, it can be monitored live from a control room.
Holistic inspection capabilities
One of the first customers who are enthusiastic about the idea of deploying a robot dog in addition to a surveillance drone is the mining company ICL Dead Sea. “We look forward to exploring the integration of additional robots such as Spot on our site for holistic inspection capabilities that go beyond aerial inspections,” said a company spokesperson.
“Combining Percepto’s Sparrow drone with Spot creates a unique remote inspection solution,” said Michael Perry, VP Business Development at Boston Dynamics. “This partnership demonstrates the value of integrated robotics solutions in terms of worker safety and cost savings for industries involving hazardous or remote processes.”
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