GeoSLAM and Blackdog Sign Partnership Agreement
Date: 4th October 2016 – For immediate Issue
GeoSLAM and Blackdog Robotics sign partnership agreement to supply unmanned mobile indoor mapping solutions
GeoSLAM Ltd, the UK based pioneers of SLAM based mobile indoor mapping systems, and Blackdog Robotics, a leading US manufacturer of modular robots, have joined forces to offer Law enforcement, first responders, and the Military a unique rapid indoor mapping solution.
Mark Reid, COO at GeoSLAM “Since the launch of the ZEB-REVO system in March 2016 with its auto rotating sensor, the REVO has facilitated autonomous operation and deployment on multiple platforms. We are therefore excited to be working with Blackdog to take this one step further and mount the system on an unmanned platform that can be operated remotely. The amalgamation of these two robust, innovative, and compact technologies provides a very powerful solution that can be used for a myriad of applications”.
Through a combination of the Blackdog mobile platform (which can be remotely operated at distances of more than 500m without line of sight) and the GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO mobile indoor mapping system it is now possible to quickly map in 3D a hazardous or dangerous environment without putting personnel at risk.
Mike Garrod CTO of Blackdog Robotics “Blackdog is a rugged multi-mission configurable robotic platform designed from the ground up for maximum modularity and ease of operation. With interchangeable deck modules the platform can quickly host a number of different cameras and sensors depending on the mission. The size and simplicity of the ZEB-REVO combined with the ability for remote operation makes it the perfect 3D mapping sensor for Blackdog”.
The ability to quickly and remotely document a scene is critical to law enforcement and security personnel for risk management and tactical planning. When the ZEB-REVO is combined with on-board video, through which the system is navigated, the solution can provide mapping during high risk response and rescue operations. In addition, the system is ideal for mapping difficult to access or remote locations for engineering or inspection applications.
GeoSLAM was founded in 2012 as a joint venture between CSIRO (Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi) and 3D Laser Mapping (a leading global provider of 3D LIDAR solutions). The company specialises in the design and manufacture of market leading Geospatial SLAM hardware and software solutions, including the ZEB1 and ZEB-REVO handheld mobile indoor mapping systems. Based in the UK, GeoSLAM has a global network of distributors, with a presence in 38 countries across 6 continents.
BlackDog® Robotics was formed as a division of NPC Robotics with a strong desire to assist law enforcement, first responders and the military by providing a resilient and dependable modular robot. The goal: to design and develop a reliable and durable adaptable robotic tool to assist at high-risk scenes by providing planners and decisions makers with real time critical information to make optimized outcome decisions.