Robotic Mobile IoT Platform Heads For Industrial/Public-Safety Markets

Sarcos Robotics, unveils Guardian S robotic mobile Internet of Things (IoT) platform, aimed to improve worker safety and enhance efficiency. It is a first-of-its-kind, cloud-connected mobile IoT platform that provides inspection and surveillance capabilities in challenging environments. Delivering extended run times and long-range wireless operations, while remaining man-portable and cost-effective, Guardian S integrates the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform and the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, and leverages Windows 10 for the tablet controller. The cloud computing platform enables customers to collect, store and analyze sensor data in environments or for applications where it is not feasible to deploy fixed sensors.


Purpose-Built System to Augment Humans, Not Replace Them


Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Guardian S tele-operates and reliably traverses challenging terrain including stairs, culverts, pipes, tanks, vertical ferromagnetic surfaces and confined spaces, while facilitating two-way real-time video, voice, and data communication. Other key specifications and capabilities include:

•Ability to carry a 10-pound payload while traversing a horizontal surface;

•Accessing confined spaces with openings that are 5 inches high or more;

•IP67 certification makes it waterproof and capable of decontamination after exposure to chemicals or other hazardous elements;

•Superior mission life as compared to other UGV platforms – 18+ hours of surveillance time and a 4-mile travel range;

•Wireless and wired broadband communication options available – from wireless (Wi-Fi, LTE, and proprietary radio) to tethered options, which can be implemented based on customer needs; and

•Multiple, customizable sensor packages that can be carried or installed, including IR, Chem-bio, radiation, gas, vibration, GPS, accelerometer, 3D mapping, and 360-degree video with low light capabilities.


The Guardian S offers optional cloud-connectivity through the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform and the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, enabling secure storage and retrieval of environmental video, audio, and sensor data, in addition to information on the health and operation of the robot. The combination of IoT sensors and Azure services has proven to be highly valuable for evaluating the performance of, and predicting required maintenance for the various industrial machines in which they are placed. The Guardian S mobile IoT platform takes the utility of the cloud to the next level by leveraging Azure cloud computing functionality and analytics to collect and analyze data about the environment surrounding the robot for enhanced mission awareness and success.  

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