Activities

01Research &
development

02Applications

  • Inspections

    Inspections

    Monitoring of infrastructure, performing a stock count, checking for loading quality and inspecting vessels are just a few examples of applications for which an existing or custom Exobot™ can be used. Inspections are performed on a regular basis which means that a robot needs to navigate the same surroundings multiple times. Therefore, the impact of the robot on its surroundings should often be minimized in order to prevent possible damage caused by performing the inspection itself.

    Given the hazardeous environments in which inspection robots need to navigate regullary, the used robot platform needs to be robuust en reliable in its operation and maintenance. Depending on the requirements the materials and housing are designed to keep out water, dust and even air.

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    Field studies, crop monitoring, precision spraying and fast soil sampling are just a few example applications for which an Exobot™ platform would be usefull. One of the main issues of using conventional farming equipment for precision farming is that they are built to handle heavy loads and large forces, making them big, sturdy and heavy. The crop intrusion of such farming equipment is therefore too big, potentially damaging a large fraction of the crops.

    On the other hand, the weight of conventional farming equipment is causing the soil to be compacted. This is why researchers all around the world are sugesting that smaller and lighter equipment (pottentially in higher numbers) would contribute to an improved crop yield effiency. Exobots™ can contribute to this endover to increase flexibility while reducing environmental impact.

  • Exploration

    Exploration

    Exploring unknown (hazardeous) environments is very time consuming and sometimes dangerous. Discovering new information within a very wide area requires a certain level of autonomie, both from a power usage and navigation point of view. A robot platform with recharging capabilities can explore such areas autonomously and only report back to the operator in case a zone of intereset has been discovered. Having multiple robotic platforms deployed, allows us to cover a larger area more efficiently with a limited need for human intervention.

    Most of our Exobots have full autonomous capabilties by combining a set of calibrated sensors with a machine learning based software layer. Given the application's requirements the onboard processing systems are programed in such a way that they can navigate without human intervention. When autonomous recharging capabilities are needed we add this requirement already in an early design phase.

  • Observations

    Observations

    Monitoring of assest, perimeters or other zones of interest with an autonomous robot plaform can be very useful for any organisation. By reducing the need of human presence, existing resources can be used more efficiently. Furthermore, sensor positioning (including reachability) is very flexible compared to staticly positioned sensor systems.

    Depending on the application requirements an Exobot™ can be equipped with remote streaming capabilities that allows operators to monitor sensor information directly. On the otherhand, it is also possible to record the sensor information on-board for later reviewing.

  • Research

    Research

    There are many research applications for which an existing or custom robot platform can be used. Often an Exobot™ is used to carry new kind of sensor or sampling systems for which an accurate positioning is crucial. Within the research context, extensive experimentation is important in order to collect statistically relevant data. The precise positioning systems (GPS, RTK, IPS, ...), with which an Exobot™ can be equipped, allows accurate and autonomous navigation.

    At Exobotic Technologies we also help researchers with designing and building non conventional robots. Our highly skilled engineers have both industrial and academic experience with robots used for space applications, among others.