NIx proposal puts together two partners: the SME IDMind with a consolidated expertise in the development and commercialization of robot platforms for remote inspection in harsh environments; and the University of Pablo de Olavide with a long track record in the development of localization, perception and navigation solutions.
The two partners are collaborating to develop an off-the-shelf TRL7 ATEX certifiable navigation module (NIx), adaptable (with minimal changes) to different robot platforms.
The proposed outcome will be achieved in two phases. Phase I focus the scientific/technical development of the navigation module and its validation in a relevant scenario. The constraints of the Oil&Gas inspection scenario are being taken in consideration in the selection of the equipment and design of the solution (working temperatures and humidity; mechanical resistance; chemical resistance, etc). Phase II will focus the industrialization of the product, improving its reliability and usability, and developing a proper enclosing to protect it from the weather and environmental elements, that does not impair the operation of the sensors and enables its future ATEX zone 1 certification.
The innovative character of the solution will be related with its modularity/adaptability to different robot platforms and environmental protection according with IP67 and ATEX certifiability requirements.