Robotics Technology - Robot Platforms
UxV: Air, Land and Sea: We use the term 'UxV' to refer to the inter-working between multiple modalities of robots that will form parts of a complete security robotics environment. The ROC can be applied to unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned marine vehicles, submersibles and soon, unmanned aerial vehicles. Depending on the structure of the asset to be secured, the use of multiple types of robots can improve the mission profile. As an example, securing a nuclear power plant located next to a body of water can benefit from having submersible sentries guard the water approaches and underwater elements of the facility. Aerial sentries can provide an over-watch of large amounts of terrain around the plant and direct ground-based sentries to go to an area of concern and take a close-in look.
Frontline Robotics is collaborating with Canadian research institutions and government authorities to test UxV security scenarios with the ROC. We believe that UxV research and development is important to the future of public security.
If you have UAVs, marine robots, submersibles, EOD robots or any other platform requiring operator assisted or advanced autonomy, sensor fusion or collaboration, we can help. Contact us to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UGVs: Over the last several years Frontline Robotics has been building autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the purpose of field testing the ROC and to create a security robot development system to perform field trials. The system is a complete mission trial and demonstration environment consisting of multiple UGVs, a Base Station command and control environment, and software development toolsets for the simulation, programming, testing and data logging of security missions. This comprehensive environment allows us to rapidly deploy mission-specific teams to our customers.
Our first UGV implementation was a custom built, 300-lb., 4-foot long, 4-wheel, skid-steer, electric platform that can turn in place 720 degrees in one second and achieve speeds of 30 km/hr. It is fully equipped with computing, navigation and anomaly detection sensors necessary to be part of a collaborative security mission.
Our newer implementations, pictured above, are based on the commercially successful Argo All Terrain Vehicle. These UGVs are 1,000-lb, 7-foot long, 6-wheel, skid-steer, amphibious, gas-powered vehicles with 8-hour duty cycles and top speeds of 35 km/hr.
Sensors and actuators are evaluated and selected to suit a customer requirement. These are then integrated onto commercially available or custom built vehicle chassis that is suitable to the application (terrain, payload, weather, range, speed, etc.). Other system requirements such as JAUS compliance or C4i integration are also factored into the final solution.