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Autonomous 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

Article written by Marshall Wright, Retired Director of Business Development for the State 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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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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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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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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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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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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