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How cities innovate through robotics

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?

A new video created by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya shows how ECHORD++ is encouraging cities to innovate through robotics, especially in the field of sewer inspection.

The video shows the concept of the ECHORD++ Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) scheme, which we offers 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, ECHORD++ helps cities to get robotic solutions that are not yet available on the market.