Collaborative Aerial Robots for Elevators Inspection, Maintenance and Digitalization
Spain, according to the FEEDA (Spanish Elevator Business Federation) has more than 1 million residential elevator installations, almost double the European Union average. These infrastructures are operating constantly, hence the great impact that this project can achieve.
CARE-IMD will contribute to the SDGs by betting on the digitalization of elevator infrastructures through technologies such as UAVs, AI and Digital Twins.
Project's main objectives
CARE-IMD will create a technological base for the digitization of elevators and elevators through the use of UAVs, whether starting from scratch or in collaboration with existing devices and systems; contributing to the creation of a Digital Twin that will be used symbiotically to improve its navigation and functionality, thus allowing the realization of missions autonomously and in collaboration with human operators, both routinely scheduled and on-demand.
Specific objectives and technological applications
- Develop unmanned aerial vehicles capable of navigating elevator shafts, complex, poorly lit environments, with obstacles such as cables and air currents.
- Create Digital Twins of elevator infrastructures, and keep them updated, using UAVs.
- Incorporate AI algorithms in UAVs, including on-board algorithms (EDGE AI) that allow the robot to quickly make decisions. These algorithms must comply with the integrative concept of using AI reflected in the “Trustworthy AI” guidelines created by the HLEG expert group of the European Commission.
- Implement the User Centered Design philosophy in the conception of UAVs, for inspection tasks managed by human operators, whether remotely or in person.
- Investigate the regulatory aspects, in conjunction with interested agents, on the legislation and regulations for the maintenance of lifting infrastructures, given that currently the use of support robots in these tasks is not contemplated.
CARE-IMD seeks to contribute to sustainable development through the digitization of infrastructures through the use of advanced technologies, such as UAVs, AI and Digital Twins.
The expected impact of the project focuses on three aspects:
- It will reduce energy consumption in the inspection and maintenance of infrastructure through the use of UAVs. In addition, it is expected to contribute to achieving the SDGs established by the UN, especially those related to industry, economic growth, infrastructure, sustainable communities, responsible production and consumption, and climate action.
- It will improve the competitiveness of countries and create new business opportunities through the digitalization of infrastructure.
- It will positively impact society, improving the safety and efficiency of infrastructure, and providing new jobs in the technology sector.