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IAI Continues Development of a Robotic Utility Mapping and Installation System for the Department of Transportation.

Relocating overhead sensors to the subsurface of roads could effectively reduce safety hazards for drivers and pedestrians. However, this transition requires a detailed map of existing underground utilities and obstructions, to avoid both mechanical damage to the existing infrastructure and accidents during horizontal directional drilling (HDD). IAI is continuing to develop RUMI, the Robotic Utility Mapping and Installation System, a comprehensive robotic solution that improves the safety and productivity of underground utility construction. RUMI uses autonomous sensing with advanced imaging and mapping to install utilities with real-time feedback. The key innovation of RUMI is a versatile robotic sensor platform with complimentary sensing modalities and fusion algorithms to accurately locate the drill-head, during HDD in cluttered environments. With the system’s continued development, IAI now plans to create a second generation robot prototype, RUMI-2. RUMI-2 will enable accurate 3D utility mapping and support precise robotic drill-head tracking with multiple magnetic dipole transceivers. The system will provide effective robotic HDD cross bore and enhance the safety of utility workers through robotics, and state-of-art geophysical surveying sensors. The system will be compatible with thousands of existing MINI- and MIDI-size HDD rigs, enabling quick adoption within the utility and construction industries.

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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

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