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Navy awards IAI a new contract to develop a Multi-Arm Robot Control System

Next-generation Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots will utilize dual arms with many degrees of freedom, more closely approximating the dexterity of human EOD technicians. This will increase the effectiveness of unmanned systems in counter-IED operations. Current operator control units cannot handle the many challenges of coordinated control of multiple arms. To address these issues, IAI has been awarded a Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract entitled “Dual-Arm Robot Control System.” A Multi-Arm Robot Control System (MARCS) will be developed for AEODRS, the NAVSEA Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System Program. MARCS provides three key elements for effective remote control of multi-arm robots: enhanced situational awareness, intuitive control and semi-autonomous behavior. It was originally applied to IAI’s Multi-Arm Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MA-UGV). The current MA-UGV prototype has three arms, three cameras and 29 degrees of freedom. Using MARCS, the MA-UGV is able to inspect backpacks, handle tools, manipulate shovels, breach doors, tie knots and perform counter-IED tasks. Operational benefits of MARCS technology include increased manipulation capability, reduced operator workload and shorter mission times. MARCS is platform independent, applicable to a wide range of mobile manipulation systems, and will help EOD technicians maximize the utility of AEODRS.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit www.i-a-i.com.

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