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Advantech Edge Solutions: Empowering 5G Patrol Robots

3/16/2020

Introduction

Robots are increasingly common in our daily lives. They are versatile, smart tools that help complete basic, repetitive, and dangerous tasks, promote security service upgrading, and reduce expenses. A leading brand of smart patrol robots, with over 20 years of experience in public safety, working together with Advantech, created a specialized robot for various application scenarios.

System Requirements

Advantech recently helped develop a patrol robot capable of measuring temperature. It required five high-resolution cameras to enable panoramic surveillance, needed to support remote visualization commands, and had to be able to assist front-line e police officers in completing disease inspection and undertaking preventive measures. It needed to conduct swift temperature checks within 5m of infrared light, measuring the temperature of 10 individuals all at once with a possible error rate within ±0.5˜. It also needed to support 5G and be capable of transmitting temperature measurement data to the control room in real time. Advantech recently helped develop a patrol robot capable of measuring temperature. It required five high-resolution cameras to enable panoramic surveillance, needed to support remote visualization commands, and had to be able to assist front-line e police officers in completing disease inspection and undertaking preventive measures. It needed to conduct swift temperature checks within 5m of infrared light, measuring the temperature of 10 individuals all at once with a possible error rate within ±0.5˜. It also needed to support 5G and be capable of transmitting temperature measurement data to the control room in real time.

System Description

The 5G patrol robots integrate IoT, AI, cloud computing, and bigdata technologies to conduct environmental sensing, dynamic decision-making, autonomous motion control, as well as behavioral sensing and interaction. To enable such advanced computing, 5G patrol robots are powered by a high-performance industrial edge computer (MIC-770) equipped with an 8th gen Intel® Core™ I processor and GPU iModule (MIC-75G20) aimed at IoT applications. Developed by Advantech, a leading provider of high-performance industrial computing solutions, the MIC-770 industrial-grade edge computer combined with MIC-75G20 GPU iModule provides a high performance system for AI training and inference. To withstand 24/7 operation under extreme conditions, the MIC-770’s ruggedized chassis and cast aluminum heat sink protect against vibration and shock. The passive thermal solution ensures silent operation and all electronic components satisfy industrial standards for environmental protection, EMI/ESD tolerance, and high-voltage surge requirements (2KV). The MIC-75G20 GPU iModule supports PCIe/PCI I/F add on cards, such as frame grabber, GPU, and motion control cards, in addition to mainstream GPU cards (with active cooling), and reserves an additional 12VDC of power from the onboard connector for cards that require additional power.   Aside from facial recognition, vehicle recognition, and toxic gas detection, with this edge solution, robots can perform preliminary incident handling, sound alarms, and scare off intruders with noise. When patrolling, they can make computing -based judgments and analyze human behavior. They provide backstage notifications immediately after taking pictures, scanning, and analysis, and act in coordination with command centers for public security departments. Augmented reality (AR) visualization allows public security departments to step into the era of intelligence.


System Diagram

Conclusion

The high-performance computing power of Advantech’s edge solution is compatible with a wide range of processors; allowing customers to flexibly configure custom solutions based on specific application requirements. The flexibility on slot, or I/O expansion, can be integrated for enhanced functionality. The modular design ensures the solution is widely applicable to urban security, smart equipment, autonomous vehicles, AI inference servers, high-end medical or security inspection equipment, and machine vision solutions to enable diverse industrial automation applications.


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