Smart patrol robots built with edge gateway deployed to fight Coronavirus

07-05-2020 | Advantech | New Technologies

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Shenhao Technology has deployed smart robots that employ Advantech technology to monitor body temperature and conduct identity detection in schools, banks, and other public places.

Shenhao is offering a smart patrol robot known as Health Guardian 1 equipped with Advantech's UNO-2484G edge gateway to support disease prevention and inspection. As measuring body temperature manually exposes public safety personnel to potential health risks, robots that feature infrared sensors able to scan temperatures within a 5m area have been deployed. These robots conduct temperature measurements and identity detection, and all collected data is sent to a centralised server or management dashboard for health screening. To allow autonomous movement and navigation, the robots are also combined with simultaneous localisation and mapping navigation (SLAM navigation) technology. So far, Health Guardian 1 robots have been widely deployed in the southern cities of China.

Embedded computers perform a important role in ensuring the stable operation of robots and collecting accurate raw information. Consequently, the robots were equipped with the company's industrial edge gateway for collecting data and executing commands without collision or accident. The gateway is a highly ruggedised embedded operation system powered by an Intel Core i7 processor that produces high-performance computing. A built-in Intel i210 Ethernet controller and 8GB memory aid I/O-based control and convenient operation. Furthermore, the system's rugged chassis guards against vibration, and the modular design allows flexible configuration for a broad range of applications.

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