US ground robotics company Endeavor Robotics has received an order for small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGV) equipped with the company’s common controller.
As per the order received, the company will provide the US Armed Forces with 32 lightweight SUGV systems with uPoint multi-robot control system.
The multi-robot control system uses ubiquitous technology and familiar tablet-based user-interfaces to decrease on-robot training time.
Endeavor’s uPoint comprises an Android-based, rugged, tablet controller and Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio network.
It has been integrated across the family of man-transportable Endeavor Robotics products, including the FirstLook, SUGV, and PackBot, according to the company.
Commenting on the deal, Endeavor Robotics CEO Sean Bielat said: "All of us at Endeavor Robotics are singularly focused on the development, delivery, and sustainment of life-saving robot technology.
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“The delivery of 32 SUGVs equipped with our uPoint Multi-Robot Control System advances the entire install base in terms of interoperability across the family of Endeavor Robotics' systems.
"These systems will augment the approximately 1,000 SUGVs already in use by our armed forces.”
Since 2009, the Endeavor Robotics SUGV has been providing dismounted operations to the US military with a back-packable, easily deployable, lightweight robot.
The SUGV can be operated in all environmental conditions, integrates multiple sensors and hardware, climbs and descends stairs, and provides dexterous and robust manipulation and lift / inspection capabilities.
Endeavor Robotics said that integration of mesh networking with its robots increases the distance of unmanned ground operations and allows operators to control or observe multiple robot assets through a common controller interface.