Autonomous inspection solutions provider Percepto has launched a smart enclosure for Boston Dynamics’ Spot, protecting the robot from extreme weather conditions, damage and theft.
According to Percepto, its Base for Spot offers an end-to-end autonomous cycle for outdoor inspection, enabling industrial facilities and isolated substations to keep Spot protected and always ready for action.
Percepto have applied the same any-weather approach used for their hurricane-tested drone-in-a-box to create a safe and weather-proof enclosure for Boston Dynamics’ Spot. This safeguards the robot while charging and allows it to be deployed at any substation independently under all weather conditions from desert heat to winter snow-storms.
Managed by Percepto’s Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring (AIM) platform, the base can be opened and closed without the need for on-site staff.
Dor Abuhasira, CEO of Percepto, said: “The Base for Spot uses the same sophisticated and trusted AIM software to integrate remote autonomous inspections from the sky to the ground, inside and out, for a holistic and accurate picture in real time.
“A team of inspection robots on site without the need for human supervision is the future of safer, more reliable inspection and we are excited to add further solutions to our offering.”
Furthermore, Spot is fitted with Percepto’s dual payload of 4K and thermal cameras, as well as Percepto’s onboard module. This enables live streaming during missions via secure LTE connection, not limited by Wi-Fi coverage.
“Early this year, we released a charging dock for Spot, unlocking the opportunity for customers to deploy remote inspection solutions with Spot. The Percepto Base for Spot widely expands the potential use cases for Spot by offering superb protection from the elements,” said Michael Perry, vice president of business development at Boston Dynamics.
“The enclosure, combined with Percepto AIM, provides our mutual clients the ability to automatically and autonomously deploy Spot in isolated but vital locations regardless of the weather conditions.”