ROBOTICS FOR SAFETY: REMOTE CONTROLLED AID ASSISTANCE
Robots are making inroads into the security domain. And with good reason: they can reach places that are too dangerous for humans to enter. A not unimportant argument from the point of view of safe intervention in disaster and crisis situations. Robot applications for safety tasks are therefore a spearhead at eRIC 2022.
THE ROBOT AS A SENSOR
For years, robots have been proving their worth as remote tools for military and civil security operations. Cameras and sensors-equipped robotics can play an essential role in image, judgment and decision-making in disaster and crisis situations.
Robotics can also be used as 'hands on' in dangerous circumstances where emergency workers would rather not venture. Robots are part of the standard equipment of organisations such as Explosieven Opruimingsdienst Defensie (Explosives Clearing Service of the Ministry of Defence) and the CBRN response team of the armed forces. The fire brigade is currently conducting experimental research into the possibilities of robots for use in high-risk incidents, such as extinguishing or cooling burning tanks where there is a risk of explosion or fire fighting in traffic tunnels and enclosed car parks. A robot expert once said: 'Don't send a man to do a machine's job'. Technology is replaceable, a humans life is not.
CHALLENGES AND NEEDS
Risks are changing, incidents are becoming more complex and the hazards and operational challenges for emergency responders are increasing. How can robot technology contribute to more effective task performance and reduce risks to personnel during operational deployment? There will be plenty of opportunities for safety professionals to exchange ideas with robot users, developers and suppliers and to experience the possibilities during practical demonstrations.