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Cutting the Cord with Wireless Power Transfer

Article written by Ben Waters CEO and Co-Founder at WiBotic, Robolliance Expert

As the number of electronic devices in our lives continues to proliferate, it’s no wonder we’ve come to loathe the power cord. Not only do cords clutter our desktops and work spaces, but even battery powered devices must periodically submit themselves to ‘cord captivity’ when recharging is required. Nonetheless, the cord inevitably remains a critical component for charging most of our devices today.

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Paving the Way for Security’s Winker and Blinker

Article written by Margie Gurwin, founder and principal of Content Creation Partners LLC, Robolliance Expert

About ten years ago, my family and I visited the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan and took the assembly line tour. As we stood on a catwalk overlooking the production floor, the audio guide pointed out two gyrating robotic arms on each side of the moving track below. Named “Winker” and “Blinker,” the pair of robots was installing windshields.

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Recording vs. Monitoring When It Comes to Robotics

Recording vs. Monitoring When It Comes to Robotics

Article written by David Antar, President of IPVideo Corporation, Robolliance Expert

One of the great parts of being a member of the Robolliance is the ability to share and glean best practices and industry experience to optimize the integration of robotics into the physical security world. By combining various aspects of physical security solutions with robotic solutions, we are able to bring added value to the security industry as a whole.

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Why UGV, Why Now is the Right Time for Security Robotics

Why UGV, Why Now is the Right Time for Security Robotics

Article written by Eric H. Morse, CPP (Certified Protection Professional), Robolliance Expert

With the introduction of the UGV, there is a platform that can be used, customizable by a client for their specific location and scope of work. Most importantly, the UGV is feasible - feasible in that this robotic technology works.

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Finding the Balance: Utah’s quest to promote and grow while regulating its “Autonomous and Unmanned Systems” economy

Finding the Balance: Utah’s quest to promote and grow while regulating its “Autonomous and Unmanned Systems” economy

Article written by Marshall Wright, Resident and Retired Director Bus. Dev of Utah, Robolliance Expert

By 2020, Utah, the United States and the World will have to address the reality of Unmanned Vehicles on our roads, in our skies and in our lakes, rivers and oceans.

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Incorporating Robotics into an Existing Guard Force Landscape.... A True Guard Force Multiplier!

Article written by John Nagy, Senior Vice President at Andrews International, Robolliance Expert

Robotics has arrived. Great. Now what? No - Robotics is NOT a simple swap of labor between traditional guard forces and machine. There must be an evaluation around Standard Operating Procedures and the existing organizational infrastructure.

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

Article written by Tosh Akhgar, Manager, Shuttle Computers, Solutions Group, Robolliance Expert

In the 1970s and early 1980s, robots were being introduced into the manufacturing process and becoming more prominent in mainstream awareness. About the same time in 1983, a chart-topping song called Mr. Roboto, with the phrase Domo arigato meaning “Thank you”, became a part of pop culture.

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The Benefits of Using Quick Start Guides for Managing Change

Article written by Joseph Ricevuto, Managing Director One to One Marketing, LLC., Robolliance Expert

Many companies today are struggling to ensure that the business changes they plan to make can be implemented as envisioned. Sometimes companies overlook simple, easy to use communication tools at their disposal when they are implementing complex changes to their business or operational plans. This can be true when implementing robotic technology. To achieve successful Change Management, sometimes communication needs to be delivered on multiple levels throughout your organization. 

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Automation in the Outdoor Operation and the Importance of a Reliable Wireless Network

Article written by Tom Dietz, Principal at RF-Moon, Robolliance Expert

The next evolution in communications is at our collective doorstep. The similarities to the approach to communications in the indoor operation pre-1995 are profound. And like the indoor operation, process optimization and automation are going to be key benefits to the outdoor operation. The commercial availability of some key technologies like precision GPS and LIDAR has made robotics and autonomous vehicles a viable part of the automation solution. READ MORE

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How important is ease of use when deploying Robotic Aerial Security?

Produced by Jack Wu, CEO & Founder of Nightingale Security, Robolliance Expert

In our mulit-part series on Robotic Aerial Security at the 2016 Drone World Expo (San Jose, CA), Jack Wu, CEO & Co-Founder of Nightingale Security hosts a panel discussion with industry experts and clients. This segment features the panel discussing the importance of ease of use when deploying Robotic Aerial Security

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Can Robotic Aerial Security help inspect solar facilities?

Produced by Jack Wu, CEO & Founder of Nightingale Security, Robolliance Expert

In our multi-part series on Robotic Aerial Security at the 2016 Drone World Expo (San Jose, CA), Jack Wu, CEO & Co-Founder of Nightingale Security hosts a panel discussion with industry experts and clients. In this segment, the panel discusses how Robotic Aerial Security can be used to inspect solar facilities.

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The Robotic Farming Revolution

Article written by John Wickes, Vice President at Wickes/arborists, Robolliance Expert

With the world population expected to rise to nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050, farmers across the globe are under more pressure than ever to produce the food needed for growth and survival. As the demand for food quantity grows, so too does the demand for variety.

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Can Robotic Aerial Security help limit the risks posed to security guards?

Produced by Jack Wu, CEO & Founder of Nightingale Security, Robolliance Expert

In our multi-part series on Robotic Aerial Security at the 2016 Drone World Expo (San Jose, CA), Jack Wu, CEO & Co-Founder of Nightingale Security hosts a panel discussion with industry experts and clients. In this segment, the panel discusses how Robotic Aerial Security limits the risks posed to security guards.

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20 Takeaways to Take on 2017

Written by Scott Goldfine, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher, Security Sales & Integration, Robolliance Expert

It’s that time of year when I zero in on the most important security developments that transpired the past 12 months. Whether you just fell from space with no industry knowledge or are a proactive participant, familiarity with the following topics will steer you toward 2017 security success. In random order, here are 20 key trends supported by paraphrased SSI news headlines.

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OPT-OUT Online: Part 3

Written by Cynthia Hetherington, President of the Hetherington Group, Robolliance Expert

In Part 2 of Opt-out Online, entitled Preventing Your Information from Becoming Public, we emphasized the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to one’s personal privacy on the Internet. In this issue, we want to save you the pain of waiting until it’s too late, and instead embrace proactivity to safeguard your personal information.

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Blurring Lines Between Machine and Biology

Written by Haldun Komsuoglu, founder of Robolit, Robolliance Expert

In the not too distant, simple days of the past, the distinction between a user and his machines was clear. The user, a human, was the master, making all the decisions, taking all the observations and driving machines' actions at great detail. Machines were essentially sophisticated hammers, which would be nothing more than a useless pile of metal and plastic without their user.

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Education to Support a Robotic Future

Written by Natasha Shea, P-Tech, Robolliance Expert

As educators, we are always discovering new ways to motivate student learning. Robolliance encourages this discovery path offering up an ecosystem of like-minded support through the sponsor base.

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Cooperation between Man and Machine is the Key to the Future

Written by Mel Torrie, Chief Executive Officer of Autonomous Solutions, Inc., Robolliance Expert

Despite polarizing arguments, manned and unmanned vehicles both hold significant benefits for the security industry. Organizations should look at identifying what mix of human labor and automation is right for their operation.

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Machine Age: Mesh Networks Enable the Rise of Robots

Written by Todd Rigby, Director of Sales at Rajant Corporation, Robolliance Expert

It's the stuff of science fiction – robots that can build things, drive our cars for us, talk to us, and work longer, harder and smarter than humans – but it’s been the reality for several decades in industries such as oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and logistics. While the robots and autonomous applications in these industries aren’t as outwardly thrilling as science fiction’s sentient androids, they are highly effective at reducing human costs by taking over mundane, physically taxing or dangerous tasks, streamlining business operations, improving efficiency and ensuring extreme precision.

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Now That Robots Are Here, What Do We Do with Them?

Written By Brian Higgins, President of Group 77, Robolliance Expert

It is obvious that the current safety threats this world faces will not only be here for some time, but will continue to evolve, creating an increasing need for greater levels of security and security measures where little or none existed before. Therefore, protection against these threats must in turn evolve to meet the need created by these threats.

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What's The Biggest Need in Physical Security?

Produced by Jack Wu, CEO & Founder of Nightingale Security, Robolliance Expert

In our multi-part series on Robotic Aerial Security at the 2016 Drone World Expo (San Jose, CA), Jack Wu, CEO & Co-Founder of Nightingale Security hosts a panel discussion with industry experts and clients. Collaboration between robotic technologies in air, on land and in sea could be what organizations need for complete situational awareness. This segment features the panel discussing the biggest need in the physical security industry.

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Focusing on The Promise of Robotics

Written by Ramesh Ratan, CEO of Bell and Howell, Robolliance Expert

Many people, including some very famous inventors and intellectuals whom I admire, are afraid of automation. Perhaps they’ve read too many sci-fi stories or seen too many movies where robots take over the world. Or perhaps they’re concerned about the very real issue of job displacement, where people are being replaced in manufacturing and processing environments by robots that can do the job quicker and for longer.

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Introduction of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to Your Security Team

Written by Todd Kleperis, CEO of Hardcar Security, Robolliance Expert

Inherently, any security professional may see UGVs as a potential threat to long term job security. Rightfully so, as these devices are lining up to patrol large areas, easily braving all weather conditions and never needing a coffee break.

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Building Emotional Connections with Our Audience Through Robotics

Written by Jay Stack, president of IGM Creative Group, Robolliance Expert

Artificial intelligence (“AI”), that convincingly mimics the behavior of humans, may seem like advanced technology from the distant future, but current AI is already a powerful influence on marketing communications and product design. The ultimate marketing goal for front-facing departments within a wide range of companies, albeit retail stores to reception desks, is to offer consumers personalized interactions that create lasting relationships, which generate continual sales and sustained loyalty.

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Underwater Drones and Vehicles (UUV/ROV): Their Impact on the World of Filmmaking and Video

Article written by Mark I. Brodie, President MiB Mediaworks LLC, Robolliance Expert

Once upon a time, we were told that space was the final frontier. Generations inspired by explorers and television shows have led to a world where we now know more about the far side of the moon than the expanses that reach beyond our sandy beaches. Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey was set in space, lightyears from any rolling waves where you’ll only find a hungry, great white shark who won’t show up until the end of the movie.

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Military Robots Use Interoperability Profile for Mobile Arms

Article written by Eugene Demaitre, Senior Editor, Robotics Business Review, Robolliance Expert

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have been used successfully in recent military operations and are in increasingly high demand by U.S. forces. These systems consist of an unmanned aircraft; sensor, communications, or weapons, carried on board the aircraft, collectively referred to as payloads; and ground controls. The U.S. Department of Defense’s need to adopt new UAS technologies has opened the door for two companies that the robotics industry can consider as case studies for new military opportunities.

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Testing and Evaluating an Autonomous System

Article written by William R Norris, Ph.D., MBA – CEO of iMS2 LLC, Robolliance Expert

A significant aspect of system design involves ensuring, through testing and evaluation of platforms, that requirements and quality standards are satisfied. There are several important benefits derived from platform evaluations. Evaluating systems, subsystems, and components, especially early in the development cycle, achieves two fundamental objectives. The objectives include: 1) determining system performance capabilities, and 2) identifying potential design problems to support timely improvements.

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Educating Drivers about Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Article written by A. Mufit Ferman, Ph .D., Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc., Robolliance Expert

Since the introduction of the modern cruise control in the Chrysler Imperial in 1958, automobile manufacturers have launched innovative technologies to ease the burden on the driver and prevent accidents. Especially in the last twenty years, driver-assist systems have become more commonplace in cars. Active cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, collision warning/prevention, and automatic parking are increasingly offered as standard features on many vehicles.

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IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Article written by Basil Jesudason, Principal Engineer and Software Lead of the current Sharp Autonomous Development Project at SLA Sharp Labs of America, Robolliance Expert

This year I had the opportunity to attend the ICRA 2016. Over three days, more than 1,200 research papers on robotics were presented through a bunch of concurrent interactive conference sessions. There were five plenary lectures, 14 keynote speeches, as well as 41 workshops and tutorials.

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The Emerging Era of Smart Cities

Article written by David Antar, President of IPVideo Corporation, Robolliance Expert

As the “Internet of Things” (IoT) moves us toward a more connected, more automated society, the proliferation of IoT devices is impacting the way that government agencies are able to deliver quality services in increasingly complex environments. The public sector is looking at ways to apply IoT technology to find new value for citizens, aiming to enhance capabilities, streamline processes and engage partners.

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Front and Center in the Robotics Discussion

Written by Bill Bozeman, President and CEO of PSA Security Network, Robolliance Expert

New technology adoption in any market is tough. Just ask any video surveillance integrator, who was around during the sweeping industry change from analog to digital cameras in the early 2000s. Even the best, most innovative technologies can be hard to swallow for both industry veterans and those whose experience has been that their current solutions work well enough.

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Expansion of Drone Usage for Commercial Use

Article written by Mark I. Brodie, President MiB Mediaworks LLC, Robolliance Expert

For many years, small remote controlled airplanes and helicopters were used by hobbyists who were able to enjoy the fun of flying without ever leaving the ground. With the advent of drones, a new market has been created...

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The Role of Drones in Tree Care

Article written by John Wickes, Vice President at Wickes/arborists, Robolliance Expert

One of the main purposes for Robolliance is to expand one’s mind to the applications robots can have. In my profession, I am experiencing robotics’ impact and its ability to transform how my industry does business.

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Case Study: "Novel Drone Use in a Disaster Scenario"

Written by William J. Marshall, Brigadier General, USA (Retired), New Jersey Innovation Institute, Defense and Homeland Security Innovation Laboratory, Robolliance Expert

During PSA TEC 2016 in Denver, there was a great deal of discussion over the future of robotics and autonomous systems and operations. 

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Not the Same Robots

Written by Brian Higgins, President of Group 77, Robolliance Expert

The use of robots, especially in the field of law enforcement, is not new.  In fact, law enforcement agencies have used them for decades.  So, why has there been so much interest in the use of robots for public safety and security lately?


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Artificial Intelligence Shouldn't Be Feared

Written by Jay Stack, president of IGM Creative Group, Robolliance Expert

Science fiction movies and novels have been harbingers of future dystopias ruled by malevolent artificial intelligence, but when it comes to business, artificial intelligence (AI) should be embraced, not feared. AI's role in the future of product design and marketing communications is bright.


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Shape Up or Suffer a Cyber Ache

Written by Scott Goldfine, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher, Security Sales & Integration, Robolliance Expert

Security professionals are always bemoaning the fact that end users and especially homeowners tend to wait until crime, violence, fire or another malady befalls them before investing in or upgrading their electronic or networked security systems.

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Robotics to the Rescue

Article written by John Nagy, Roblliance Expert, with contribution from David Heller

The security guard industry has traveled a road which has seen, and continues to see, growing overhead costs both direct and indirect. Once healthier operating margins have shrunk to levels that are extremely challenging to say the least.


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Imagine - “Garden Variety” Robotics

Article written by Natasha Shea, P-Tech, Robolliance Expert

If you were doing a word association and said "butterfly garden,” likely “alternative energy" or “robotics” would probably not be the first things you would think about.


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A Soldier’s Story of Robotics

Article written by Greg Louks, President & CEO of Iron Sword Enterprises, LLC, Robolliance Expert 

At West Point, we continually studied the effects of technology on our profession.  One might think our interests lay only in improved weapons of warfare; but that would not be correct.


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Opt-out Online: Part 2

Article written by Cynthia Hetherington, President of the Hetherington GroupRobolliance Expert 

In Part 1 of Opt-out Online, entitled Recognizing and Removing Personal Identity Found Online, we talked about finding and removing sensitive personal information from a litany of databases and open source sites.  In this issue, we emphasize that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  


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Change Management Best Practices

Article written by Joseph Ricevuto, Robolliance Expert

Change Management Programs can be valuable tools for gaining employee acceptance of senior management plans, reinforcing why a new security process or technology will be so important to the ongoing success of your company, and creating continuity throughout the implementation phase after an A-UGV delivery.


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Preparing Students Today for Future Workplace

Article written by Natasha Shea, P-TechRobolliance Expert

To get ahead of the learning curve and accelerate both development and implementation of robotics in the future, education programs are preparing students today.


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Robotic Clubs and Engineering in Robotics

Article written by Basil Jesudason, Sharp, Robolliance Expert

In training and mentoring students on building autonomous navigation robots for competition, we need to use different sensors (ultrasonic sensors, multiple cameras, IMUs) to build a robust, elegant and effective algorithm that meets the competition use case. 

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Robotics Automation at our Nation's Seaports

Article written by Louis Noriega, President of Automated Port Solutions (APS), Robolliance Expert

An Automated Guided Vehicle or Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor, or uses vision, magnets, or lasers for navigation. They are most often used in industrial applications to move materials around a manufacturing facility or warehouse.

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Artful Avoidance

Article written by Brian Maffitt, owner of Total Training, Robolliance Expert, with credit to Ross Allen and Marco Pivone from Autonomous Systems Lab at Stanford University for their contributions

“Autonomy” is a lofty goal for a robot. It implies, simply, that our machines can take care of themselves… a concept usually illustrated by a vehicle’s ability to avoid hitting a wall or driving into a ditch. But there are also moving obstacles, such as other vehicles, people, animals…

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Robots to Make Farm Work a 24/7 Business

Article written by Henry Lenard, reporting for Robotics Business Review, Robolliance Expert

Specialty crop farmers toil from dawn to dusk in their fruit orchards, but they may soon have robot companions to make that work a 24/7 proposition. “Once the technology becomes fairly turnkey and well integrated and growers realize the productivity and profitability ...


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Building Communication Plans for Better Change Management Projects

Article written by Joseph Ricevuto, founder of One to One Marketing, Robolliance Expert

Applying Change Management concepts and using the valuable feedback received from employees are best practices that could assist senior management navigating the complexities of changing ingrained company ideas and operations. Such is the case with the introduction of any new technology ...


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How Robots Will Change Marketing at Trade Shows and Conferences

Article written by Jay Stack, President of IGM Creative Group, Robolliance Expert

Whatever industry you are in, a business professional knows trade shows. Yet whatever role you play - - - attendee, educator, exhibitor, sponsor - - - you should know marketing at trade shows is changing. Exhibit booths and showroom floors are going high tech. One of the defining features of booths will be autonomous robots ...

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Security Robotics: The Next Game Changer for Security Integrators

Article written by Bill Bozeman, President and CEO of PSA Security Network, Robolliance Expert

Cloud-based technology, cybersecurity, new developments in metadata, massive inexpensive storage solutions, security analytics that finally work and the latest encrypted wireless technology are all changing the dynamics of traditional security integration. 

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Advanced Technologies for Law Enforcement

Article written by Brian Higgins, President of Group 77, Robolliance Expert

It was 1988 and I was a young cop watching a group of “old timers” standing around the front desk. There was something going on and I was very curious, when a captain turned to me and said, “Hey ‘kid’, do want to see law enforcement step into the 21st century?”

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Business in the Face of Adversity

Article written by Ed Verbraak, principal Engineer at Orange & Rockland Utilities, Robolliance Expert

Technological advances have made the execution of the menial tasks associated with being well prepared a non-issue, leading to better and more efficient use of available resources, both physical but also human. A good plan must also have a business continuity component ...

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Convolution of UI Technologies in Robotics

Article written by Haldun Komsuoglu, founder of Robolit, Robolliance Expert

Projection of the user intent—the command path—aims to make the remote machine execute a task in the physical environment. Examples of user intent may be displacement of the entire vehicle to a new spatial position, or manipulation of an object in the work space, such as turning a door knob.

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Function Must Meet Form for Robotic Success

Article written by Greg Tucker, Senior Product Manager, Sharp Electronics Corp., Robolliance Expert

As the use of robots increases and the tasks they undertake spread into more areas the variety of product appearances will increase. These forms will mature and more deliberately meet the environments in which the robot will function and the purposes that they are expected to fulfill.

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Innovation is a Safeguard

Article written by BG William J. Marshall III, USA (Retired), Assistant Vice President for Government and Military Relations at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Executive Director at the Innovation Laboratory for Defense and Homeland Security with the New Jersey Innovation Institute, Robolliance Expert

Technology has always been a basis of US defense superiority and will remain so. The future calls for new force multipliers – unmanned systems technology that keep the warfighter, officer or EMT out of direct harm's way. New sensor technology that transcends human detection ...


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Opt-out Online: Part 1

Article written by Cynthia Hetherington, president of the Hetherington Group, Robolliance Expert

The synergy that exists between cybersecurity and the need for robotic advancements within security may surprise you. The growing demand for human awareness, investigation and intelligence on issues like the “dark web” mean manpower needs to be availed of routine tasks.

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Security and the Internet of Things

Article written by David Antar, president of IPVideo Corporation, Robolliance Expert

These objects or devices can be anything from mobile phones, fridges, washing machines to wearables, medical equipment or jet engines. And they are all connected. There is a relationship that will exist between people-to-people, people-to-things, and things-to-things.

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The Bark is No Worse From the Byte

Article written by John Wickes, Vice President of sales at Wickes Arborists, Robolliance Expert

Like robots are hitting the security scene today, arborist saw the entry of the personal and portable computer, and a device called a sonic tomograph. Professor Roy F. Pellrin took the concept of the woodpecker, looking for insects, and created sensors, that could be attached to a tree.

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Forecasting, Assessing and Improving the Adoption Rate in the Robotics Security Market

Article written by William “Bob” Norris and Mark Kopec, principals of iMS2 LLC and Aerotek Sales, Robolliance Experts

Robotic products achieve success through rapidly leveraging innovation to bring products to market. Though technology is important to success, the most essential aspect of a robotics business is the business case. Understanding concepts, such as diffusion, modeling/forecasting sales rates ...


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The Dynamic Dozen

Article written by Scott Goldfine, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, Robolliance Expert

This is a perfect time to step back and fully assess the opportunities and challenges in today’s security marketplace. Doing so is the path to effectively determining where you would like to see yourself and/or business in this ever-shifting, very exciting landscape.

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