SentryBot

An Autonomous, Co-Operative Multi-Robot System for Security and Surveillance

The SentryBot Indoor is capable of autonomous navigation. (Source: Markus Eich, DFKI GmbH)
The SentryBot Indoor is capable of autonomous navigation. (Source: Markus Eich, DFKI GmbH)
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Dr.-Ing. Markus Eich
 
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The DFKI-Lab Bremen is developing a team of autonomous mobile security robots which can be seamlessly integrated into existing security systems. Those mobile security robots are able to navigate autonomously and are energy-independent, since they are able to recharge their batteries without any user interference. The robot team is self-organizing and will provide an intuitive interface via voice control in the future.

Duration: 01.11.2006 till 31.05.2007
Donee: DFKI GmbH
Application Field: SAR- & Security Robotics
Related Projects: SentryBot II
An Autonomous, Co-Operative Multi-Robot System for Security and Surveillance (06.2007- 12.2007)
Related Robots: SentryBot
Security robot

Project details

The indoor navigation is based on laser range finders. Radar and PIR are detecting motions of persons. (Source: Markus Eich, DFKI GmbH)
The future SentryBot System can be seamlessly integrated into existing security concepts. (Source: Markus Eich, DFKI GmbH)

Intelligent team of security robots for indoor and outdoor surveillance tasks

The surveillance of security-critical compounds and buildings requires large amounts of human and financial resources. Especially office buildings and industrial compounds are frequently targeted by theft, sabotage or industrial espionage. In addition to that usually a large amount of money is needed if a security system has to be upgraded. As a matter of fact, most customers from the security business don't want to replace an existing security system, but prefer to enhance it in order to make it more efficient. Additionally, consequential costs for maintenance and personal training have to be reduced, as these factors are a criterion for customers to buy a new security system.

As a solution for the described problem the DFKI Laboratory Bremen is developing a team of autonomous mobile security robots which can be seamlessly integrated into existing security systems. Those mobile security robots are able to navigate autonomously and are energy-independent, as they are able to recharge their batteries without any user interference. The robot team is self-organizing and provides an intuitive interface via voice control.

Within the SentryBot project, a co-operative team of five different robots is developed which is able to secure buildings and industrial compounds. Four identical systems are designed for a co-operative surveillance approach in indoor environments; one system is designed for outdoor security missions. By applying radar, passive IR Sensors as well as thermal vision for the outdoor area, the mobile security robots are able to secure large buildings and compounds autonomously.

At the current project status, one SentryBot indoor robot is available, which is able to navigate autonomously in indoor environments, i.e. without a prior learning of a patrol route. Based on its application sensors, which consist of radar, infra-red sensors and vision, the robot is able to trigger an alarm. An intelligent recharging concept provides the robot a 24/7 operation time without any user interference. The SentryBot robot can be operated by a multi-modal user interface or by voice control, which allows a seamless integration into existing security concepts without prior time-consuming training of security personnel.

Videos

SentryBot: Indoor-Patrouille

SentryBot Indoor ist ein mobiler Sicherheitsroboter, der autonom in Räumen patroullieren kann.

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