How cities innovate through robotics – PDTI in ECHORD++

Date:8 December 2017 - By:Sebastian Weisenburger - Category:

How can robots provide services for cities and their inhabitants? What are the benefits of using robots for the inspection and maintenance of urban infrastructures? Watch our new video created by our partner Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and learn how ECHORD++ is encouraging cities to innovate through robotics, especially in the field of sewer inspection.

The video shows the concept of our Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) scheme with which we offer R&D consortia the possibility to develop robotic technology according to the needs of public bodies. Two application areas have been identified: Healthcare and Urban Robotics. Various public bodies have submitted different challenges (technology needs) and out of this pool a panel of experts has selected one challenge for each scenario: Robotics for Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in the Healthcare scenario and Robots for the Inspection and Clearance of the Sewer Network in Cities in the Urban Robotics Scenario.

Via project funding and technical as well as administrative support ECHORD++ offers to both the technology developers and the public authorities the chance to closely interact and interface with each other during the conception and development of the solution. This is to make sure that the product meets the requirements of the target group, technically and price-wise. This way, we help cities to get robotic solutions that are not yet available on the market.