Industrial Electronics

Boston Robotics’ Spot now has a home

20 May 2021

Autonomous industrial robotics company Percepto has rolled out what it calls the first smart home for Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot

The Percepto Base for Spot serves as a home base for Spot to provide autonomous cycles for outdoor inspections and keep the robot from extreme weather conditions and safe from damage or theft.

The Percepto Base for Spot serves as a home base for Spot to provide autonomous cycles for outdoor inspections and keep the robot from extreme weather conditions and safe from damage or theft. Source: PerceptoThe Percepto Base for Spot serves as a home base for Spot to provide autonomous cycles for outdoor inspections and keep the robot from extreme weather conditions and safe from damage or theft. Source: PerceptoFlorida Power & Light is one of the first companies to showcase the integration of Spot and other robots for autonomous outdoor remote inspection as part of a hurricane recovery plan.

The robots are managed by Percepto’s autonomous inspection and monitoring (AIM) platform, software that open and close the base without the need for on-site staff to manage the robot or safeguarding the robot while it charges between missions. The any-weather base allows Boston Robotics’ Spot to be deployed to any substation under any weather conditions from deserts to snowy regions.

Spot comes equipped with Percepto’s dual payload of 4K and thermal cameras as well as Percepto’s onboard module for live streaming during missions through LTE connection or Wi-Fi.

“The Base for Spot uses the same sophisticated and trusted AIM software to integrate remote autonomous inspections from the sky to the ground, inside and out, for a holistic and accurate picture in real time,” said Dor Abuhasira, CEO and co-founder of Percepto. “A team of inspection robots on site without the need for human supervision is the future of safer, more reliable inspection and we are excited to add further solutions to our offering.”

The fully autonomous robotic inspection and monitoring system:

  • Requests information about any asset of interest.
  • Offers a deeper look from ground level during day or night where Spot launched autonomously.
  • Captures information about the nature of the mission.
  • Streams in real-time over cell networks.
  • Autonomously returns to the base for safeguarding and charging.
  • Analyzes the information and generates reports on issues found, mapping, temperatures measured and more.
To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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