A squad of three fire-fighting robots has successfully completed trials with the London Fire Brigade, becoming the first robots to be deployed with the third-largest fire-fighting organization in the world. Developed by the U.K.-based military supplier QinetiQ, originally for bomb disposal in Iraq and Afghanistan, the robots are being used in fires involving acetylene-gas cylinders, which present a grave risk of explosion. With such fires, everyone within a radius of 200 meters is normally evacuated for up to 24 hours. The new robots can clear a path through debris to the cylinders, determine how hot the cylinders are, and even hose them down to keep them cool, allowing evacuation orders to be lifted in three hours or less.
Product: Talon, Black Max, and Brokk 90 robots
Other products in this section:
Keep up with the latest in robotics at EmTech Digital.
Don't be left behind.
March 25-26, 2019
San Francisco, CA
The rare form of machine learning that can spot hackers who have already broken in
Darktrace’s unsupervised-learning models sound the alarm before intruders can cause serious damage.
Humans + bots: Tension and opportunity
How top global brands blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth.
The US military is testing stratospheric balloons that ride the wind so they never have to come down
A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA’s surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely.